Eric Dalius discusses a serious educational issue in the U.S.

It’s no secret that the U.S. has a problem when it comes to equal access to education. There are many regions throughout the country where children and teens aren’t given a fair shot at obtaining an education. Access to education is particularly a problem for poor, minority members of the population. Studies show that there is consistently correlation between income and race and access to education.

Poor Americans attend college and university in far smaller numbers than more affluent Americans. With tuition costs exceeding $20,000 it simply isn’t possible for less wealthy citizens to receive this level of education. When unable to earn a college degree, these Americans, statistically speaking, will earn less money throughout the rest of their life. A college or university degree can have a huge impact on shaping the rest of an young American’s life. 

This inequality is also closely linked with race. Many of the poorest neighborhoods in America are predominately comprised of racial and ethnic minorities. This means that it is these minorities that often cannot afford to go to college.

So, what is to be done about this? Well, people with means, such as Eric Dalius, can start foundations and organizations dedicated to helping youth of all economic backgrounds attend college. If you don’t have the resources to start your own foundation, consider donating to an organization that helps youth go to school. You can also make a difference by voting for representatives that will prioritize education. Research candidates on municipal, state, and national levels and vote for those that place a focus on providing equal access to education.

Together, we  can make education more accessible to all!