“The OECD found that “The odds that a young person in the U.S. will be in higher education if his or her parents do not have an upper secondary education are just 29% – one of the lowest levels among OECD countries (emphasis ours).” (Source: Education at a Glance – OECD Indicators 2012.)
That’s not a “land of opportunity.” This kind of economic aristocracy is fundamentally un-American. And it’s getting worse.
The cost of higher education is hitting lower-income Americans the hardest. As a recent analysis (from the Hechinger Report, in collaboration with Education Writer’s Association and the Dallas Morning News) showed, “America’s colleges and universities are quietly shifting the burden of their big tuition increases onto low-income students, while many higher-income families are seeing their college costs rise more slowly, or even fall.”
More student aid is being directed to wealthier students, further exacerbating the educational inequality problem.”