Raise the bottom; lower the top? I’m not sure why we should have a goal of equality, but apparently the left has decided that inequality is the topic of the century. The popular approach seems to be take from the successful and in any number of ways throw the money at those who have less. Old Bernie sees a blank, free check for college as part of the solution as if a college degree was a free pass to success.
Nevertheless, we must do something to assure that every American has a fair chance to achieve his/her full potential. Here is a different take on the problem; help vulnerable children get a better chance. In other words, address the root cause of the problem. As usual, it appears this problem is self-inflicted to some extent.
As with most social initiatives, this one has critics; teachers don’t want to be measured against test results and moving poor children and their families into better neighborhoods is a political third rail.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— In a presidential campaign where candidates from both parties are blaming globalization for a shrinking middle class, a 36-year-old India-born economist has a different explanation: Bad neighborhoods and bad teachers rob poor children of the chance to climb into the middle class.
His solution? Help the children and their families move to better neighborhoods.
High-mobility metro areas have a combination of greater economic and racial integration, better schools and a smaller fraction of single-parent families than lower mobility areas. Integration is lagging in Atlanta, he said. “The strongest predictors of upward mobility are measures of family structure,” Mr. Chetty said.
Economist’s Take on Inequality Has Appeal on Both Sides of the Aisle
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