Education and Economics

Education and Economics

Opinion
Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?
By HELEN F. LADD and EDWARD B. FISKE
Published: December 11, 2011
Federal education policy seems blind to the relationship between poverty and student performance.
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6 Responses

  1. The article bridges income inequality and student performance. It starts by addressing that the policy makers have wrongly focused on reasoning out this relationship and are not helping underprivileged students succeed academically. The authors used President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” as an example to show how education policy makers overlook social stratification and its association with the variance in average reading and math scores. In fact, research from Stanford has proved that the achievement gap between children from high-and-low–income families is far past that between white and black students. The authors raised concerns about the correlation being ignored and presented, then further argued about, rationales from the government. The authors urge we begin acknowledging the impact of poverty on disadvantaged students and strive to tackle it—ultimately a moral question when we decide whether to face it.

  2. According to the article “Cutbacks and the Fate of the Young,” our generation needs to implement policies that benefit upcoming generations, rather than appealing to today’s taxpaying adults by cutting spending in education. The U.S. government cut aid to states for primary education by $8 billion in 2011, which is not only unfair to children’s rights to a proper education, but will almost certainly end up hurting the economy in the long run. Half of the children born in low-income households become low-income adults, so education is possibly the best investment the government could make for our future.

    The article agrees with yours in that it stresses the importance of education to bridge the gap between high-and-low income families, benefiting the economy. However, it focuses more on government policies and spending on education, rather than the students’ performances.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/business/cutbacks-and-the-fate-of-the-young.html?_r=0

  3. Berea College was honored to host Nobel Laureate Dr. James Heckman during the fall semester of 2012. Dr. Heckman has focused a substantial portion of his research career at the University of Chicago looking at the effects of particular types of “investments”, which can be made in a child’s life in order to create a greater chance of economic success. In a paper published in May 2009, Dr. Heckman drew on concepts of personality psychology and the psychology of human development in order to further enhance the economic study of human development. This research directly correlates with the purpose of this article, and supports the claim that schools themselves cannot offset the disadvantage children in poverty face early in life. Heckman claims that the responsibility for influencing a child’s chance of success lies with the parents, but can also be bolstered by government programs. However, this is the case only if those government programs focus their efforts in the correct manner, meaning early child development.
    Source citation:
    The Economics and Psychology of Inequality and Human Development. Flavio Cunha and James J. Heckman. Journal of the European Economic Association , Vol. 7, No. 2/3, Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (Apr. – May, 2009), pp. 320-364

  4. The article “Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?” has shown a strong relationship between social hierarchy and children’s academic success along with the importance of sound politics that helps generate good educational policies. Such focus on the impact of socioeconomic background and political policy on education can be supported by a paper published in 2012. This paper, published by
    Casarico, A. and Sommacal, A. examines the effect of income taxation on growth and emphasizes the role of schooling and childcare in the production of human capital. The significance of omitting childcare, particularly from forming essential skills can impede the results that demonstrate the influence of labor income taxation on the overall economic growth.

    Citation of the Paper:
    Casarico, A, and A Sommacal. “Labor Income Taxation, Human Capital, and Growth: The Role of Childcare.” The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 2012. 114. no. 4 (2012): 1182-1207. 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2012.01718.x (accessed January 26, 2013).

  5. This topic belongs to pure research category as it builds the readers’ understandings toward the costs and benefits of work study.

    Topic: I am studying the cost-benefit effects of work study as a specific case study of the overall impacts toward economic disparity on education
    Question: because I want to find out the downsides and upsides of work study and its impacts toward education
    Significance: in order to help readers better understand both sides of the arguments regarding work study

  6. My research focuses on the relation between income inequality and student performance. The article “Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?” proposes former president George Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” policy as an example of the United States’ feeble attempt to mend social stratification; I would like to present additional evidence, further emphasizing the growing gap in student performance. Awareness of the current situation is necessary, for differences in education within our schools will more than likely hinder economic progress for the nation in the long run.

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