Source: Inside Higher Ed
A new study by researchers at Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce explored the intersection of race and class that reveals why students of underprivileged backgrounds who perform well in school have fewer chances of succeeding in the long-run.
The study titled “Born to Win, Schooled to Lose: Why Equally Talented Students Don’t Get Equal Chances to Be All They Can Be,” analyzed data on high performing children from underprivileged backgrounds and measured their success in comparison to children who are from privileged backgrounds, and who don’t perform well in school.
The results showed that minorities who performed well in school had a 3 in 10 chance of going to college, while mostly white children from privileged backgrounds who didn’t perform well in school had a 7 in 10 chance of going to college.
Performance and “smarts”, then, had little to do with a child’s success, and it mostly was determined by their race and socioeconomic status.
According to data, white and Asian students were more likely to attend college within 10 years of graduating high school, even if their scores were low in high school, compared to black and Latino students.
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