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Chart: College Haves & Have-Nots

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It's an unfair, unfair world -- and on the whole America seems to be OK with that.Full chart below.  OnlineSchools via Progress IL

Rags to Rags - Riches to Riches

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I'm always suspicious of compilations of statistics that don't cite primary sources. And most of the cites here are columns and blogs. The info could all be completely accurate, but it is still says something when the writer doesn't even bother to track down the original source.

All of this can be interpreted to emphasize two things: (1) there is a premium placed on cognitive ability in the modern world, and (2) an education from selective institutions of higher learning oriented towards cognitively superior students is that which receives the greatest payoff (monetarily speaking). If one interprets the family income and college graduation correlation as both being effects of the cultural capital of families of superior developed cognitive abilities, rather than as the simple cause-and-effect relation that this chart's creators apparently intended (if one simply reversed the order of the drawings, putting college graduation on the left and income on the right, one might imply that the argument was for college as a good investment), the social phenomena here appear a bit less unjust, if still cause for concern.

What's left unanswered is how many people from low-income families either don't attend or finish college ONLY because they can't afford the tuition.

This is goping around this morning, Alexander. Pass it on?
Dr. Naison starts by remembering how surprised he was that his Fordham students from lower income backgrounds weren't selected - yhen he takes off.


Teach for America and Me: A Failed Courtship
by Dr Mark Naison
Three years ago, the TFA recruiter plastered the Fordham campus with flyers that said “Learn how joining TFA can help you gain admission to Stanford Business School.”

Some special facility and rules must be made so that the student having low income problem can also get there complete education.

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