The End of the Beginning School Study

It’s well-known that a child’s socioeconomic background plays a leading role in dictating their life’s course—much of that insight comes from a seminal study following 790 Baltimore first-graders until they turned 28.
When the Beginning School study began in 1982, “the War on Poverty had morphed into the War on Drugs”; it spanned the crack and AIDS epidemics, stagnating social mobility, and the long legacy of Jim Crow. The researchers were among the first to document the impact of the “summer slide” on disadvantaged children. 

“The obstacles, which start with poorer children before they enter school, build up over time until they are overwhelming,” noted longitudinal studies expert Glen H. Elder, Jr.
Baltimore Magazine

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