EdNext Podcast: Can We Count on Schools to Boost Social Mobility?

By 03/30/2016

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If there’s one thing that’s clear from the reams of polling data gathered this election cycle, it’s that American voters are concerned about social mobility. Two thirds of Americans believe that it will be harder for them to achieve the American dream than it was for their parents, and even more believe it will be harder still for their own children.

The data on social mobility in the U.S. are startling.  Children born in the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution have a 4 in 10 chance of remaining there in adulthood.

What role can schools play in putting more low-income children on the path toward success, and what would schools need to do differently in order to do a better job?

In this episode of the EdNext podcast, Marty West sits down with Mike Petrilli, author of a new book, Education for Upward Mobility, that addresses these questions.

The EdNext Podcast is available on iTunesSoundcloudStitcher and here every Wednesday.

—Education Next

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  • Greg says:

    I think emphasis needs to go back to learning things that are relevant, not hot to take a test. There needs to be more social studies/history taught to kids, maybe wrapping that into language arts lessons might help kids who struggle within the daily LA lessons.

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