Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Class Mobility in America?

The New York Times offered on Sunday an intriguing introduction to a series on Class in America they are running this week.
Called "Class in America: Shadowy Lines That Still Divide", it is a fascinating read. Where social science crosses with economics, I have great interest.
The article's basic premise seems to be that class mobility is decreasing in America due to a variety of factors.
I can't say I disagree with anything in the article, although I am a firm believer that with hard work, anyone can achieve success. That hard work must be applied towards getting a great education, however. There inlies the problem, though, as in order to get a great education, one must really begin scoring quite well in school as a 7th grader, which likely won't happen if you didn't before then, and likely won't happen if there's nobody in your life telling you that school/education matter.
I'd be curious what others think.

1 comment:

SheWesty said...

From my experience, it's not enough to have someone there saying that school/education matter, as this voice often becomes lost in the mix of messages/forces vying for a child's attention and devotion.

This message must be delivered in the context of a loving investment in and commitment to a child, along with which comes a demonstration of the value of education. Becoming the voice that stands out in a child's crowded world requires time, consistency, and a willingness to walk alongside them through good times and bad. Minus this deeper investment, one can only hope that periodic reminders about school/education being important will take root in a child and be supported by other forces in their lives.