A new Census report today on wealth inequality (2000-2011) and the good news is…uh, only for those already toward the top.

A new Census report today on wealth inequality (2000-2011) and the good news is…uh, only for those already toward the top.

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Americans agree inequality has grown, but don’t agree on why.


Blaming the work ethic of the poor for inequality is beyond ridiculous.

pewresearch:

Americans agree inequality has grown, but don’t agree on why.

Blaming the work ethic of the poor for inequality is beyond ridiculous.

As inequality in income grew between 1990 and today, the disparities in life expectancy also widened. Medical advances have moved the cluster as a whole up the y-axis of life expectancy but you can see how greater social equality would increase more people’s life expectancy.

As inequality in income grew between 1990 and today, the disparities in life expectancy also widened. Medical advances have moved the cluster as a whole up the y-axis of life expectancy but you can see how greater social equality would increase more people’s life expectancy.

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Why all the SAT changes: The class divide

By 2016, the scoring will revert back to the “out-of-1600” format, and the essay section will become optional. Students will no longer be penalized for incorrect answers. There will be less emphasis on obscure vocabulary and more on evidence-based reasoning. Reading passages will come from well-known texts, such as the Gettysburg Address or the “I Have a Dream” speech. There will be fewer math topics and more in-depth questions (and calculator bans on certain sections). And perhaps most importantly of all, the test will be offered both in print and digitally.
"No longer will it be good enough to focus on tricks and trying to eliminate answer choices," said College Board CEO David Coleman. "We are not interested in students just picking an answer, but justifying their answers."
While many of the changes will be welcomed by students, the question arises: What led College Board to institute such significant reforms? The simple answer: class divide.
According to College Board, low-income students face serious disadvantages when preparing for the SAT. And this meant that, on average, they scored lower than wealthier students on every section of the test. 
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A noble effort but it won’t close the class divide by much. It is all the education and enrichment leading to the test that creates the divide. Changing the test won’t change the inequities in those factors leading to the disparate scores. 
We know that life isn’t fair but the unfairness in educational opportunity is a structural problem. The SAT just demonstrates the long-term impact of class—its concomitant privileges and disadvantages, depending on your socioeconomic status—because it tests kids after years of unequal education.
Inequality in one sphere of life bleeds into others. 

policymic:

Why all the SAT changes: The class divide

By 2016, the scoring will revert back to the “out-of-1600” format, and the essay section will become optional. Students will no longer be penalized for incorrect answers. There will be less emphasis on obscure vocabulary and more on evidence-based reasoning. Reading passages will come from well-known texts, such as the Gettysburg Address or the “I Have a Dream” speech. There will be fewer math topics and more in-depth questions (and calculator bans on certain sections). And perhaps most importantly of all, the test will be offered both in print and digitally.

"No longer will it be good enough to focus on tricks and trying to eliminate answer choices," said College Board CEO David Coleman. "We are not interested in students just picking an answer, but justifying their answers."

While many of the changes will be welcomed by students, the question arises: What led College Board to institute such significant reforms? The simple answer: class divide.

According to College Board, low-income students face serious disadvantages when preparing for the SAT. And this meant that, on average, they scored lower than wealthier students on every section of the test. 

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A noble effort but it won’t close the class divide by much. It is all the education and enrichment leading to the test that creates the divide. Changing the test won’t change the inequities in those factors leading to the disparate scores. 

We know that life isn’t fair but the unfairness in educational opportunity is a structural problem. The SAT just demonstrates the long-term impact of class—its concomitant privileges and disadvantages, depending on your socioeconomic status—because it tests kids after years of unequal education.

Inequality in one sphere of life bleeds into others. 

(Source: micdotcom)

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Chart: Life expectancy by where you were born
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The long run is short for some than others.

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Chart: Life expectancy by where you were born

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The long run is short for some than others.

(Source: micdotcom)

oxfamgb:

The gap between the have yachts and the have nots is getting wider. But it’s not just about money. Growing inequality means a rich minority own most of the world’s resources and have a huge influence over decisions that affect ordinary people’s lives. We’re determined to make change happen. Reblog if you agree inequality must be tackled now!

No single person’s life or time is worth that much more than billions others.

oxfamgb:

The gap between the have yachts and the have nots is getting wider. But it’s not just about money. Growing inequality means a rich minority own most of the world’s resources and have a huge influence over decisions that affect ordinary people’s lives. We’re determined to make change happen. 

Reblog if you agree inequality must be tackled now!

No single person’s life or time is worth that much more than billions others.

pewresearch:

Our April 2012 survey found that Americans agreed by a 76% to 23% margin with the statement that “today it’s really true that the rich just get richer while the poor get poorer.” 

BUT WHY CAN’T WE ALL BE IN THE ONE PERCENT?!
I am disappointed in my fellow Americans’ lack of aspiration.

pewresearch:

Our April 2012 survey found that Americans agreed by a 76% to 23% margin with the statement that “today it’s really true that the rich just get richer while the poor get poorer.” 

BUT WHY CAN’T WE ALL BE IN THE ONE PERCENT?!

I am disappointed in my fellow Americans’ lack of aspiration.