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The Keys to Helping Kids Overcome Poverty

May 22, 2019
Liz Farmer

Is it better to be born rich or smart? According to recent research on equity and education, for most kids, wealth trumps knowledge.

The so-called American Dream is the exception, not the rule, says Georgetown University’s Anthony P. Carnevale. He’s the lead author of a new report with a sobering conclusion: Kids with low test scores from high-income families are more than twice as likely to achieve high-income status as adults than high-scoring kids from low-income families.

Though rags-to-riches stories pervade pop culture and local news, Carnevale says our “system in a fairly systematic way takes inequality, which we find in K through 12, passes it on into higher education, then again into the labor market where the starts the cycle all over again.”