If You Read Anything Today

Read this:

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This article graced the front page of the Sunday New York Times, and I was really impressed by it. The writer obviously did some amazing reporting — the article discusses the issue of class disparities/low-income students’ educational disadvantages through the lenses of three girls from Texas. All three girls are bright and motivated, dubbed “strivers” who want to go to college. All three girls come from low-income, Hispanic families who cannot support their educational striving. All three girls get into quality colleges, one of them Emory University, but somehow get lost along the way due to financial and personal circumstance. If you get The New York Times or can pick up the paper version you can tell how in-depth it is (it begins on the front page and moves to three full pages on the inside) but if not, give it a read online. It’s an incredibly well-written, well-reported and presented article about a topic that deserves more visibility. Such huge, unaffordable amounts of money are linked to getting a good education and those amounts are only growing. There might not be a way to stop it, but a small dose of awareness would do us all some good. Here’s a link to the story: For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall

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