The future of US is being dented like never before. It is becoming harder and harder for lower income kids to get better educated than that more affluent.
This is the beginning of a caste system of its own kind, where the kid of a highly educated / well to do couple will be an educated or at least well to do, while the kids of the blue collar will remain blue collar workers.
The achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers has grown by roughly 40% since the 1960s, according to a recent study by researchers at Stanford University. Another study from University of Michigan researchers shows a 50% increase since the late 1980s in the imbalance between rich and poor students completing college. Furthermore, researchers say they expect the gap to widen amid the effects of the economic downturn.