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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:01 PM

For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall (crushing debt)

For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall

Angelica, a daughter of a struggling Mexican immigrant, was headed to Emory University. Bianca enrolled in community college, and Melissa left for Texas State University, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s alma mater.

“It felt like we were taking off, from one life to another,” Melissa said. “It felt like, ‘Here we go!’ ”

Four years later, their story seems less like a tribute to upward mobility than a study of obstacles in an age of soaring economic inequality. Not one of them has a four-year degree. Only one is still studying full time, and two have crushing debts. Angelica, who left Emory owing more than $60,000, is a clerk in a Galveston furniture store.

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The growing role of class in academic success has taken experts by surprise since it follows decades of equal opportunity efforts and counters racial trends, where differences have narrowed. It adds to fears over recent evidence suggesting that low-income Americans have lower chances of upward mobility than counterparts in Canada and Western Europe.

Thirty years ago, there was a 31 percentage point difference between the share of prosperous and poor Americans who earned bachelor’s degrees, according to Martha J. Bailey and Susan M. Dynarski of the University of Michigan. Now the gap is 45 points.

While both groups improved their odds of finishing college, the affluent improved much more, widening their sizable lead.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/education/poor-students-struggle-as-class-plays-a-greater-role-in-success.html?pagewanted=all&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

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AnotherMcIntosh Dec 2012 #2
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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:06 PM

1. Education, health care, justice. All human rights we have yet to acknowledge.

 

No one should be saddled, or rather yoked, with a lifetime of debt for receiving what is their due as a human being.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:35 PM

2. When the vote was taken to disallow student debts to be discharged, how did Biden vote?

 

Doesn't that say more about him than his stories about him riding the train to work?

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:34 AM

3. Senator CitiBank? You sound surprised. n/t

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:35 AM

4. du rec. nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:40 AM

5. A win-win for the 1%

Eliminate competition from the riff-raff and extract a metric fuckton of money out of them for the privilege.

Sweet scam indeed.

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