Breaking the Poverty Cycle
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.
- 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.
Earlier and more rigorous education.
What is the longest running, most documented educational program known to impact the poverty cycle?
Elemental Value Added Truth: Wealth is becoming the exclusive domain of the highly educated.