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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Do Expensive Homes Make for Wealthy Kids?

By Danielle Kurtzleben





A new study shows the link between home value and educational attainment


JewishWorldReview.com | (USNWR) A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Economic Mobility Project shows a correlation between the housing boom and education gains for students from low- and middle-income families. For prospective students from families making less than $70,000 per year, an increase in housing value immediately prior to college might mean more educational success. For every $10,000 gain in such a family's home equity, the likelihood of enrolling in college increased by 6 percent. In addition, the housing boom made these students 24 percent more likely to choose their states' four-year public flagship schools and 17 percent less likely to choose community colleges, and also 9 percent more likely to graduate from college.

At a time when ideas of inequality and what it takes to achieve the American dream permeate the national conversation in the U.S., the study suggests the extent to which even a modest change in fortunes can change the course of a student's education.

"To me the biggest takeaway from this report is the impact that family wealth does have on postsecondary college decisions," says Erin Currier, manager of the Economic Mobility Project.

In contrast to the low- and middle-income students represented in the study, Currier says, there was no significant correlation between home value and college attendance for families earning $70,000 or more.

As those postsecondary college decisions can make or break a person's lifetime earning potential, the study suggests the degree to which growing up with above-average means can lead to a lifetime of financial comfort. Conversely, then, barriers to education can effectively also be barriers to economic mobility.


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"For students that start in the bottom fifth of the income ladder, a college degree quadruples their chances of making it to the top. That to me is the most amazing indicator of the power of education to give a family economic security and upward mobility," says currier.

Labor Department data shows that the unemployment rate drops off steeply with increasing levels of education. In November, the jobless rate for people with less than a high school education was 13.2 percent. For high school graduates, it was one third lower, at 8.8 percent, and for workers with bachelor's degrees, it was 4.4 percent—roughly half the national rate.

Evidence of the link between wealth and education may challenge basic assumptions about what it takes to climb the ladder in America. A Pew survey also shows that Americans believe that three of the four most important factors in whether a person gets ahead economically have to do with personal attitudes and ambition (hard work, personal drive and ambition, and attitudes and values taught by parents).

Respondents ranked the state of the economy, postsecondary education, and family stability behind these factors.

Yet when a housing market and job market remain stubbornly in the doldrums—beyond the control of not only average Americans but, it seems, even lawmakers—the study reinforces the idea that even the students tugging hardest on their own bootstraps can come up against insurmountable financial challenges in their educations.

As housing values are currently depressed, with no end in sight, the study suggests that the bursting of the housing bubble created—and is still creating—hardship for current potential college students. According to the study, home equity is estimated to have dipped by 54 percent between 2006 and 2010 for homeowners with less than $70,000 in annual income.

According to Currier, the study has implications for what policymakers can do to promote postsecondary education. To help students have access to college, federal spending doesn't have to be limited to educational initiatives, like Pell grants.

"The logical policy implications ... to me are creating opportunities for people at the bottom and middle of the income ladder to not have such a financial barrier to college. And that can be a whole range of things," she says, like helping families maintain assets like their homes and create wealth.

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