Across the World, Where Kids Go to School Matters

By Lauren Camera ~ US News

Policymakers and politicians spend a lot of time wagging fingers over stubborn education achievement gaps in the U.S., lamenting especially the educational level of poor kids, who often go to school with lots of other poor kids in resource-starved communities with less access to good teachers and rigorous classes.

But the U.S. is actually doing better than most when it comes to leveling the playing field, according to a new report that concludes no country in the world has completely resolved socio-economic inequalities in education.

“If you come from a poor family, you really only have single card to play: a good school,” Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which published the report Tuesday, said during a press call.

“If you miss that boat, you’re unlikely to get a second chance. So providing more equitable education is certainly our most powerful bet to creating a more level playing field.”

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