Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Class Mobility and College Dropouts

Via George comes this interesting story about rising numbers of college dropouts. Even more fascinating in the context of my thesis project were the links off to an excellent interactive exploration of class mobility (Flash). As educational technology, it's a great example of a fairly simple learning object that helps people understand a heavy-duty concept.

Looking at the actual content of the interactive display and the article, I'm interested in how we're generally sending more people to college, but more are also dropping out. Check out the differences between how people from different socioeconomic levels perceive their prospects and the value of education. I was also fascinated by the grid comparing incomes and education levels and seeing how it changed for different types of occupations.

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