Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong is a fascinating, and depressing, article in The Washington Post.
I’m adding it to The Best Articles Showing Why Education Reform Is NOT The Best Way To Fight Poverty.
Yes, but if you look at the stats, the poor college grads do better on average. The data is just presented to blind that to the audience.
If you give 1 to 5 points for each of the five quintiles, and multiply that by the distributions achieved for the two groups, the poor college grads average 3.12 points (slightly higher than average), and the rich high school dropouts average 2.66 points (well lower than average).
Note that, for example, 20% of poor college grads making it to the top quintile is better than the 14%+5% of rich high school dropouts making it to the top two quintiles COMBINED.