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Reg holds a Bachelors and a Masters in education and a Doctorate in counseling. In addition to working in the public school system he does consultation work, private tutoring and guest speaking.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Breaking the Poverty Cycle

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In the late 1990's Susan Mayer (then an associate professor at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School) did a study which examined the impact of increasing parental income and its impact on ending the cycle of generational poverty.

Here are the Posits.
  • Higher parental income was predicted to significantly raise student performance scores on standardized reading and mathematics tests.
  • Higher parental income was predicted to dramatically affect the the "stay in school" rate of the children.
  • Higher parental income was predicted to drastically reduce the amount of time male off spring spent unemployed after education.
  • Higher parental income was predicted to all but eliminate the incidence of daughters growing up to be unwed mothers.
Here are the actual results.
  • Little or no impact was made on student test performance.
  • Only 1/5th of a year was added to "stay in school" time.
  • No impact was measurable on the amount of idle time spent by adult male offspring.
  • The rate of out of wedlock motherhood was cut only 8 to 20 percent.
What is the one element that has been shown to break the poverty cycle on a consistent basis?

Earlier and more rigorous education.

What is the longest running, most documented educational program known to impact the poverty cycle?

Head start.

Elemental Value Added Truth: Wealth is becoming the exclusive domain of the highly educated.

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