From the APP:
The chartered bus from Long Branch and Asbury Park made good time to New York City, dropping eighth graders at Samsung to see the latest smart phones, tablets and television sets that look like paintings.
The students played the online game Fortnite. They viewed a prototype for an automated apartment. And when they returned to their schools, set in some of the lowest-income neighborhoods at the Jersey Shore, they were in awe.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said David Carpio, 12, a student at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in an Asbury Park neighborhood whose residents have grown up to have an average household income of just $29,000 a year.
Carpio and his classmates are part of an attempt to reverse a troubling trend. The generation of Americans now in their 30s is less likely than the overwhelming majority of the Baby Boomer generation to do better than their parents, a new study by Harvard University finds.
And the financial outcome of children raised in the ’80s and ’90s is tied to the neighborhood where they grew up.
Harvard calls it “The Opportunity Atlas.” Instead of looking at poverty or wealth, researchers for the first time have gathered data that track Americans’ upward economic mobility, crunched the numbers and produced a map of the American dream, or, in some cases, nightmare.
Harvard partnered with the Asbury Park Press and the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey to look at the chances people in the Garden State will grow up to do better than their parents.
The economic detour, experts say, was set in motion by a shift in the economy from manufacturing to information, putting a premium on highly skilled, highly educated workers.
It has put more pressure on a patchwork of New Jersey organizations trying to tackle what Harvard has identified as keys to upward mobility: stable families; a strong social network; good schools; and low poverty rates.