By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A February New York Times article takes on a complex problem. Citing research by Sean Reardon at Stanford University, it reports that the achievement gap between rich and poor children is widening.READ MORE: Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officer Riding Motorcycle Killed In Crash
Reardon says that “we’ve moved from a society in the 1950s and 1960s in which race was more consequential than family income; today family income appears more determinative of educational success than race.”READ MORE: Jersey Shore Business Owners Warn Vacationers To Prepare To Pay Up This Summer
His analysis shows that the gap between poor and higher-income students has grown by 40% since the late 1980s and another study cites the imbalance between rich and poor kids in college completion that has grown by 50% since the late 1980s.
Wealthy parents are now investing more time and money on their children, while lower-income families are increasingly stretched. Affluent Americans were spending five times as much per child as low income families in 1972. By 2007, the gap was nine to one.MORE NEWS: Student At Coatesville Area Senior High School Stabbed 6 Times During Fight
This article has important implications for policy makers.