The Center for the Study of Liberty partnered with Greg Kaza and the Arkansas Policy Foundation to host a civil exchange of ideas about the relationship between education and poverty in the United States.
Education is generally regarded as the key to success, providing young people with an opportunity for social mobility and higher standard of living. Yet there seems to be more to the story as new studies suggest that the chances of a child rising out of poverty vary greatly by geography. Young people growing up in some cities, such as Salt Lake City, have much better chances than those brought up in Baltimore, Maryland. Are out-of-school factors like poverty and income inequality more significant to social mobility than in-school factors such as having a high quality curriculum and effective teachers?
Thirteen guests, including parents, public school teachers, and community members with a personal interest in poverty in the Little Rock region, came together to explore how much education truly matters to social mobility. With guidance from expert facilitator Dr. Mark Schug, the conversation delved into how a range of important factors such as segregation, family structure, and culture influence economic success.
In preparation for the discussion, participants read brief articles debating whether education is or is not a path to economic mobility.
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