The New York Times posted some interesting information regarding the relationship between higher education and economic status. According to reporter Eduardo Porter, the achievement gap between the rich and poor has expanded.
In the U.S., students ages 25-34 whose parents do not have a high school diploma comprise only 5 percent of college degree holders. Children of parents who graduated from college are more than twice as likely to attend college as children of high school graduates and seven times as likely as those whose parents dropped out of high school (Porter).
Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds face hardships that include higher obesity rates, limited to no access to tutoring and expensive remedial services, and more social and emotional issues on average. According to the article, usually low-income students are more than a year behind children of college graduates in reading and math when they start kindergarten.
Porter, Eduardo. “Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing Wider.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 22 Sept. 2015. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.