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  • This matters, deeply, in deepening the socio-economic isolation within which people live, work, play, learn, and build communities together.

    This matters in that wealth affords people choices, enables them to take the occasional risk in their lives, allows one to age with a modicum of dignity rather than relying on underfunded government supports.

    This matters because having choice in college is very much tied to family wealth.

    It matters because if meritocracy is still our ideal, the walls are being built higher and the ladders by which people sometimes climbed those walls are shrinking.

    tags: socialclass

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  • Part 2 of the NPR report on simplifying the FAFSA:

    “Here’s the strange part: The Education Department already has the authority to start using prior-prior. So, why hasn’t it?

    One big reason: Money.

    The department says switching to prior-prior would come with a lot of costs. For one thing, using older income would make students seem a little needier.

    It would also increase the number of students who complete the FAFSA and thereby increase the amount of aid given.

    And these costs, the department says, would ultimately have to be approved by Congress.

    Translation: One reason Washington’s not yet using prior-prior, is because it would work.”

    tags: socialclass

  • An important, detailed study of how poor students fared during times of budget cuts and rising tuition in Virginia.

    “Further, the study found, since 2007 the state had made no progress in improving the socioeconomic diversity of its four-year institutions; the large gap in enrollment between poor and wealthy students has remained virtually unchanged.
    Students from low-income families who attend four-year universities were less likely “to remain enrolled, persist through and graduate from those institutions,” compared to students from more affluent families. “

    tags: socialclass

  • Years of deliberation over making the FAFSA more manageable, and still no solutions in sight.

    Many of the comments on this piece are very discouraging in their assumptions that anyone having problems with a cumbersome federal form doesn’t deserve to go to college.

    “The challenge is a real Catch-22: The FAFSA, in its current form, is prohibitively complicated for some students. But shortening it could lead to students having to fill out multiple forms, which would also be prohibitively complicated for some.”

    tags: socialclass

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Social Class Links 02/24/2015

February 23, 2015

  • Paul Krugman on how we cannot educate ourselves into greater equality.

    “But my sense is that there’s a new form of issue-dodging packaged as seriousness on the rise. This time, the evasion involves trying to divert our national discourse about inequality into a discussion of alleged problems with education.

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    And the reason this is an evasion is that whatever serious people may want to believe, soaring inequality isn’t about education; it’s about power.

    Just to be clear: I’m in favor of better education. Education is a friend of mine. And it should be available and affordable for all. But what I keep seeing is people insisting that educational failings are at the root of still-weak job creation, stagnating wages and rising inequality. This sounds serious and thoughtful. But it’s actually a view very much at odds with the evidence, not to mention a way to hide from the real, unavoidably partisan debate.”

    tags: socialclass

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  • There are some privileged silicon valley parents home schooling their children, and I think that this article misses much of the point. Public school education is not primarily about “social structures that have defined childhood” or accessing information in any particular way. Public education is about educating children together toward self-governance and citizenship, and I’m not clear how we sustain democratic practices when there are so few public institutions within which people from different backgrounds meet and learn from and with one another.

    “There’s something inherently maddening about a privileged group of forward-thinkers removing their children from the social structures that have defined American childhood for more than a century under the presumption that they know better. (And if you want to see how antiauthoritarian distrust can combine malevolently with parental concern, look no further than the Disneyland measles outbreak caused by the anti-vaccine crowd.) I hear you. As a proud recipient of a great public school education, I harbor the same misgivings.”

    tags: socialclass

  • Low -income first graders do “college prep” activities that a teacher made up herself–like first drawing, and then coloring the pennant of the college they want to attend — that they can’t possibly understand and have little to do with actual college life, while upper middle class kids have access to expensive coaching programs in middle school.

    “Barbara Poole is a seventh-grade English teacher at Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County, Va., which is one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs and home to the perennially top-ranked Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She estimates that 60 percent of her students already know where they want to go to college.

    Ms. Poole was among the first to pilot a middle-school version of Naviance, a college-prep subscription service that high schools offer their students. It’s known for its scattergrams, which reveal the acceptance history of the school’s students to specific colleges by test score and grade-point average. Ms. Poole said the software’s résumé-building feature — it allows students to input extracurricular activities, awards, volunteer work and more — has made her students “more aware” of building that extracurricular record for college.”

    tags: socialclass

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