High-Quality Schooling and Training

If high-quality schooling were readily available to children born into poor families, opportunities for upward mobility would of course be greatly increased, and poverty and inequality would likely be greatly reduced as well. The history of educational reform is dauntingly long and includes proposals (a) to reduce class sizes for children from disadvantaged families (either through direct mandate or other more indirect approaches), (b) to develop new funding models that prevent differences in neighborhood wealth from so directly translating into differences in school quality, (c) to establish or expand school choice, school voucher, or school desegregation programs, (d) to recommit to and expand vocational training programs (such as the Job Corps), (e) to increase incentives for top teachers to accept posts in schools with disadvantaged children, and (f) to improve loan and financial aid programs for higher education.

If you would like to learn more about education-based interventions, please consult the relevant work of our affiliates (see education key issue) or explore the website of the National Academy of Education. For those interested in teaching disadvantaged children, the Teach for America program is of course worth exploring.