NY Times op-ed:
It’s a cruel irony that a college degree is worth less to people who most need a boost: those born poor. This revelation was made by the economists ...No, poverty is not caused by race, class, or lack of education.
But for those born into poverty, the results were far less impressive. College graduates born poor earned on average only slightly more than did high school graduates born middle class. ...
The authors don’t speculate as to why this is the case, but it seems that students from poor backgrounds have less access to very high-income jobs in technology, finance and other fields. Class and race surely play a role. ...
No other nation punishes the “uneducated” as harshly as the United States. Nearly 30 percent of Americans without a high school diploma live in poverty, compared to 5 percent with a college degree, and we infer that this comes from a lack of education. ...
Ms. Ruppel Shell writes about science, social justice and the economy.
Much of the population is not suited for college. Sending them to college does not do much good. We now send a lot more kids to college, but most of them drop out or do not learn much.
To benefit from college, you need an above-averate IQ as personality traits conducive to college learning. IQ and these traits are heritable. Children of poor families tend to be poor, whether they attempt college or not.
Only a leftist social justice warrior would blame the USA for punishing the uneducated. The USA spends more on education and pushes more ppl into higher education than anywhere. But the USA also has a huge underclass of ppl who were imported for low-skill labor, and who do not do well in higher education.
Most efforts to improve education have been a failure:
In a Q&A with Harvard students, Bill Gates said his foundation's work on K-12 education in the U.S. has had little impact, at least compared to its success in reducing infant mortality in developing countries. The challenge with education, he said, is that it is "essentially a social construct" that depends on creating the right culture of accountability and interactions -- and funding, of course. Gates said if he had a magic wand for the U.S., he would fix education, and for the rest of the world, nutrition.No, attempts to fix education are based on blank slate foolishness. No matter what Gates does to fix education, or no matter how much the govt spends, the schools do not change IQ or personality types much, if at all.
California used to have one of the best school systems. Now it ranks near the bottom. What changed? Did teachers and textbooks get worse? Maybe, but the main cause for the change is the changing demographics. The Gates Foundation doesn't recognize that, and has been a failure.