EDUCATION, POVERTY, & COMMUNITY
CO-HOSTED BY THE POLICY CIRCLE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019
The Center for the Study of Liberty partnered with the Policy Circle to host a dinner round table on the role of education in lifting people out of poverty. Seventeen Chicago-based Policy Circle leaders met for a leadership retreat, reception, and discussion about the importance of education in the fight against poverty.
Guests explored contrasting accounts of the causes of poverty and analyzed the "success sequence" in depth. Questions were raised from a set of readings about whether education is the key to economic mobility. Are other circumstance equally important to consider as the need to provide high-quality schools in our communities? Discussants considered how other important factors may influence economic success, such as geography and family structure. The conversation investigated inequality of opportunity among American children and whether there is a need for post-secondary education.
The discussion also highlighted the social networks and financial literacy that often prove integral to economic well-being outside of formal schooling. Guests left the round table with an appreciation of the challenges and complexity of the many contributing factors to poverty.
6:00 PM – Opening Reception
6:30 PM – Welcome, introductions, and dinner
7:00 PM – Opening comments by leader
7:15 PM – Discussion
8:45 PM – Closing