Child Rights & Remedies

By Robert C. Fellmeth | Go to book overview

CHAPTER FOUR
Education Rights and Investment

A. EDUCATION AND EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY

The educational level of children correlates with their future economic success. Figure 4A indicates the existing strong and positive relationship be tween education and earnings in the United States. In 1998, a male high school dropout earned a median salary of $16,818 annually; a female earned $8,861. A male high school graduate earned a median of $25,453 per year; females earned $13,407. A male with a bachelor's degree earned a median annual salary of $41,949; a female earned $26,401. As the figure indicates, employment and domestic wage levels directly relate to educational attainment.

That correlation is likely to be further enhanced by the evolving interna tional labor marketplace, where the American niche is likely to be technical services. Future projections anticipate continued international competition for low skill jobs, particularly factory and other nonservice manual labor. In 1984, 24% of U.S. jobs were characterized as “high skill” and 40% as “low skill.” Trends over the past years, and as projected past 2002, reverse that balance to 41% high skill and 27% low skill. 1

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