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• Megan Erickson at Monthly Bolan Voice writes on the privatization of childhood, racial gaps, test scores and class wars and how they all pertain to raising kids.
• What are the best methods to prepare our children for their futures? How can policymakers create stronger and more inclusive programs?
Childhood has become a period of high-stakes preparation for life in a stratified economy.
Today, nearly half of American children born to parents with low incomes grow into adults with low incomes, and 40 percent of children born to wealthy parents become high-income adults. In the United States, which has based much of its social safety net on educational mobility, the ability to do better than one’s parents by completing more years of schooling did indeed rise between 1947 and 1977, but it has decreased sharply since.
Correlation of educational attainment between parents and children is now higher in the United States than in European countries, particularly Nordic countries, where a tiny fraction of low-income children becomes low-income adults. As Richard Wilkinson, coauthor of The Spirit Level, has said, “If Americans want to live the American dream, they should go to Denmark.”
Read the full article about raising children to be equipped by Megan Erickson at Monthly Bolan Voice.