Opportunity in America

November 2, 2006

The latest issue of The Future of Children, a journal published by The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, features nine articles that focus on the extent to which children’s chances of success depend on the circumstances into which they are born. A companion policy brief explores the role of education in enabling less advantaged children to move up the economic ladder. It concludes that, in many respects, the U.S. education system tends to reinforce rather than compensate for differences in family background.