Education is a gateway for opportunity—a pathway to progress through which young people acquire the skills, knowledge, and experiences to obtain good jobs and prosperous futures. Yet in the U.S., education is highly unequal. On average, students from minority backgrounds, immigrant origins, and economically disadvantaged families leave school earlier, receive fewer degrees and certificates, and exhibit lower academic skills than their more privileged peers. To address these inequalities, we need research that identifies effective responses to the challenges that give rise to unequal opportunities and outcomes.
I’m excited to meet up with colleagues and talk about important topics in education research and practice at the upcoming meeting of the American Education Research Association.
Inequality has long affected families and communities in the U.S. and around the world, and it has risen to the forefront for policy makers who seek effective responses to this complex and far-reaching issue.
How can we stimulate research that will identify high-priority, powerful levers to reduce inequality?
Prior research and development demonstrate that social policies can reduce inequality and its effects on young people, yet wide disparities remain. Substantial new efforts are needed to identify approaches that will reduce inequality in youth outcomes for future generations.
Substantial new efforts are needed to identify approaches that will reduce inequality in youth outcomes so that a generation from now, both the degree of inequality in society and the effects of inequality on outcomes for youth will have diminished.
When William T. Grant established this Foundation in 1936, he wanted to support research that would yield new insights about why some people led happy and successful lives and others did not. Armed with this evidence, he reasoned, social institutions such as schools, welfare agencies, and workplaces could help all persons succeed. Today, the William […]