Education for Upward Mobility

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Education for Upward Mobility

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This book seeks answers to a fundamental question, perhaps one of the most important questions in America today: How can we help children born into poverty transcend their disadvantages and enter the middle class as adults? And in particular, what role can our schools play?

There’s little doubt that education and opportunity are tightly joined in the twenty-first-century economy. Almost every week brings a new study demonstrating that highly skilled workers are being rewarded with stronger pay and excellent working conditions, while Americans with few skills are struggling mightily.

Expanding educational achievement, then, appears to be a clear route to expanding economic opportunity. Yet much of our public discourse ends there. Of course more young Americans need better education in order to succeed. But what kind of education? Is the goal “college for all”? What do we mean by “college”? Do our young people mostly need a strong foundation in academics? What about so-called “non-cognitive” skills? Should technical education make a comeback?

Education for Upward Mobility provides fresh perspectives and concrete ideas for policymakers at every level of government; for leaders and policy analysts in education reform organizations in the states and in Washington; for philanthropists and membership associations; and for local superintendents and school board members. It combines the latest research evidence on relevant topics with in-depth explorations of promising practices on the ground, in real places, achieving real successes.

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Michael J. Petrilli is an award-winning writer and president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the country's leading education-policy think tanks. He is the author of The Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools, and co-editor of Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core.

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In Education for Upward Mobility, Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, assembles a team of contributors to tackle how we can help children born into poverty transcend their disadvantages. . . .Fortunately, the contributors review real and workable strategies to overcome these barriers. You may not agree with all the proposed solutions or models examined in this book, but you will be inspired by the great work being done to address the challenge. (School Administrator)

With this provocative volume, Mike Petrilli has rendered a real service. He and his contributors offer much-needed straight talk on what it means to promote educational opportunity and upward mobility. Whether one agrees with Petrilli’s recommendations or not, this timely volume is a valuable resource for policymakers, educators, and everyone else. (Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute)

It's an outrage that so many of our poorest children, particularly our poorest children of color will also face poverty as adults. A high quality education is not the only solution to this moral failure, but it can be a big part of improving the lives of individual children and hopefully THEIR families. This book gives people who are trying to reform education many concrete ideas for helping the children who need help the most have a fighting chance to change their life chances in America today. (Howard Fuller, PhD, distinguished professor of education, director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Marquette University)

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