The Price We Pay

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-30
  • Publisher: Brookings Inst Pr
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While the high cost of education draws headlines, the cost of not educating America's children goes largely ignored. The Price We Pay remedies this oversight by highlighting the private, fiscal, and public costs of inadequate education. Leading scholars from a broad range of fields-including economics, education, demography, and public health-attach hard numbers to the relationship between educational attainment and income, health, crime, and dependence on public assistance. They also explore policy interventions that could boost the education system's performance and explain why demographic trends make the challenge of educating our youth so urgent today. Improving educational outcomes for at-risk youth is more than a noble goal. It is an investment with the potential to yield benefits that far outstrip its costs. The Price We Pay analyzes both sides of the balance sheet and suggests which policies are most likely to pay off. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
The Education Arrainment Gap: Who's Affected, How Much, and Why it Mattersp. 1
Assessing the Scope of the Challenge
Beyond Educational Attainment: A Multifaceted Approach to Examining Economic Inequalitiesp. 21
Diversity and the Demographic Dividend: Achieving Educational Equity in an Aging White Societyp. 48
Implications of Educational Inequality in a Global Economyp. 74
Quantifying the Costs of Inadequate Education
Consequences for the Labor Marketp. 99
Consequences in Health Status and Costsp. 125
Crime and the Costs of Criminal Justicep. 142
Welfare and the Costs of Public Assistancep. 160
Directions for Reform
Educational Interventions to Raise High School Graduation Ratesp. 177
The Promise of Early Childhood Education Interventionsp. 200
Toward Excellence with Equity: The Role of Parenting and Transformative School Reformp. 225
The Need for Comprehensive Educational Equityp. 255
Contributorsp. 265
Indexp. 267
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