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Social Class Links 12/31/2014

December 30, 2014

  • Class analysis in pop culture.

    “To Corcoran, an entrepreneur from a wealthy family doesn’t need to start a business to make a living, and that is a critical difference when things inevitably get difficult. She believes that if you have a safety net, you won’t be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

    “The best way to think of a solution in business when you’re slammed up against a wall is to try to think of five different solutions to get around it and keep going,” Corcoran says. “But when you know that you have a trust fund, you know that you can always fall back on your parents, and you know that you can get additional funds, you get cheated out of thinking of those spur of the moment, very needy ideas that get you through.””

    tags: socialclass

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Social Class Links 12/24/2014

December 23, 2014

  • Alarming changes in GED testing, with little provision for supporting low income people in preparation.

    “But there is another reason for the small number of people passing the GED test in 2014: Hardly anyone is taking it this year. And that has as much to do with how the test is administered as the content. The previous test was administered with pen and paper, but this version can only be taken on a computer. And here’s the kicker: More than half the people in the U.S. who do not have a high school diploma do not have a laptop or desktop computer at home. The same number, not surprisingly, have no Internet access either.”


    But there is another reason for the small number of people passing the GED test in 2014: Hardly anyone is taking it this year. And that has as much to do with how the test is administered as the content. The previous test was administered with pen and paper, but this version can only be taken on a computer. And here’s the kicker: More than half the people in the U.S. who do not have a high school diploma do not have a laptop or desktop computer at home. The same number, not surprisingly, have no Internet access either.

    tags: socialclass

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Social Class Links 12/20/2014

December 19, 2014

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Social Class Links 12/19/2014

December 18, 2014

  • A sobering look at college and the history of opportunity.

    “The college wage premium looks pretty good when the floor is being lowered, but even that premium isn’t the same for all degree holders. As CEPR’s Dean Baker has pointed out, “almost all of the increase in the gap [between degree holders and non-degree holders] during this period has been due to wage growth for those with advanced degrees.””

    tags: socialclass

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I wrote yesterday about a teacher’s blog post framed as being about “Today’s students” and offering advice about technology in schools, based on the experiences of these particular students.

These were some of wealthiest children in the country.

Today, an article came across Twitter about the lengths a district near me is going to provide the most basic access to technology to low-income students.

These are also “today’s students” and they do not have the privilege of being indifferent about technology.

It is not ok to render them invisible when talking about children very very different from them.

Social Class Links 12/13/2014

December 12, 2014

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