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Nice to read that my old working class college California State University Los Angeles is still doing good things for the middle and lower classes.

The California State college systems were the only colleges that I’d been able to afford or even get into for me.  Full-time employment while hitting college these working colleges are the lifeblood of California.  This report shows the data and how these state colleges all over the country are propelling low-income students into middle class.

As Ray Davies once sang “everyone needs an education” it still applies today.

Yes, the universities that educate students from modest backgrounds face big challenges, particularly state budget cuts. But many of them are performing much better than their new stereotype suggests. They remain deeply impressive institutions that continue to push many Americans into the middle class and beyond — many more, in fact, than elite colleges that receive far more attention.

Where does this optimistic conclusion come from? The most comprehensive study of college graduates yet conducted, based on millions of anonymous tax filings and financial-aid records. Published Wednesday, the study tracked students from nearly every college in the country (including those who failed to graduate), measuring their earnings years after they left campus. The paper is the latest in a burst of economicresearch made possible by the availability of huge data sets and powerful computers.

I could throw up quite a few quotes from this excellent article but I’d suggest reading the whole piece.


1 Comment

  1. 68elcamino427

    In the course of over 16,000 face to face interviews with educators working in elementary, middle, and high schools over a span of eighteen years, I often posed this question to the teacher,
    “What would be the biggest help in getting students to perform better academically in the classroom?”
    Their answer was almost always the same, so much so it was nearly a universal response …
    that the children’s performance would be greatly accelerated and enhanced if the parents of the children would just spend some time everyday sitting down and reading to them/with them from a very early age and after age eight or nine, make themselves available to guide them with their homework.

    The first times that I heard this it sounded surprising to me, because this is something my wife and I always did with our kids.
    But working through every needy neighborhood in Southern California, many, many times I was reminded of the conversation with a second grade teacher at the Bridge Street Elementary School in East Los Angeles.
    She opened my eyes to something many of us see, but choose to ignore. That there are many children who have parents that never wanted them and do not care for them. She reinforced her story by telling me about a current student in her class who’s mother was a prostitute. She said that the mother would set the child outside and lock the door while she conducted her business, often until midnight or later.

    At another school a few miles away, a third grade teacher at a school adjacent to a housing project provided loaves of bread with peanut butter and jelly at recess time, so his hungry students had enough to eat.

    I saw so many middle school kids who did not know how to read and write.

    So for me, this is a starting point.


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