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How to stop the heartbreaking cycle of intergenerational poverty

  • matthew laplante
  • February 21, 2019

Three years have past since Chico Harlan’s heartbreaking series in The Washington Post “A Region Left Behind” laid bare the crushing truth of poverty in the Deep South. In places like Drew, Mississippi, the chances of climbing out of poverty aren’t good — even for students who do manage to earn a high school diploma.

Non-cognitive skills development should be an intentional outcome of our education system

  • matthew laplante
  • October 22, 2018

This year marks the 30th anniversary of political economist Andrew Weiss’ seminal paper demonstrating that the relationship between high school graduation and earnings can be explained by non-cognitive factors — such as a lower propensity to quit — rather than the simple accumulation of knowledge. Twenty years after that revelation, Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman