The story of their lost footing is also the story of something larger — the growing role that education plays in preserving class divisions. Poor students have long trailed affluent peers in school performance, but from grade-school tests to college completion, the gaps are growing. With school success and earning prospects ever more entwined, the consequences carry far: education, a force meant to erode class barriers, appears to be fortifying them.

Disheartening and thoughtful piece in the New York Times on the complex interrelationships of poverty, class, and family ties, and how these all affect higher eduation achievement among low-income students.

• How class, poverty, and higher ed connect •

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