Emma Brown's newest piece titled “Gifted students – especially those who are low-income – aren’t getting the focus they need” focuses on the Cooke Foundation and its report on closing the excellence gap in gifted education, “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students.”
Earning a college degree has never been more important. People with a college education have on average substantially higher earnings, pay more taxes, live healthier lives, and have more stable marriages than those without one (Baum, May, & Payea, 2013; Oreopoulos & Salvanes, 2011). Yet these benefits accrue mainly to students who come from affluent families. Over half of students from the highest income quartile earn a bachelor's degree by the time they are 25, compared with fewer than ten percent of students from the lowest income quartile (Bailey and Dynarski, 2012).