1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘poverty’?
2. What kind of poverty exists in your country?
3. Is poverty different in rich countries than in poor ones?
4. Is it possible for the world to make poverty disappear?
5. How would the world be different if there was no poverty?
6. What are the causes of poverty?
7. Why does poverty exist in rich countries like the USA?
8. What do you think a poverty trap is and is it easy for people to escape it?
Wealthy, prestigious universities such as Harvard Yale, Stanford and Columbia garner billions in donations
But the latest research by the Equality of Opportunity project suggests this is a myth. A study 10.8 million people on the effect colleges have at moving kids born into the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution up to the top 20 percent showed that though elite universities are very good at moving students up the income ladder, they let in very few low-income students. The problem isn’t one of financial aid, but outreach; thousands of high-achieving poor kids just aren’t applying to elite schools.
The true heroes are less selective schools that let in a large number of students from the bottom 20%. They include Cal State Los Angeles and PACE University. These schools take in the most low-income students who move to the top fifth of income in the US after graduation.