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By Henry Mayhew, Victor Neuburg

Unflinching stories of London's terrible from a prolific and influential English writer

London Labour and the London bad originated in a sequence of articles, later released in 4 volumes, written for the Morning Chronicle in 1849 and 1850 whilst journalist Henry Mayhew used to be on the peak of his occupation. Mayhew aimed just to file the realities of the bad from a compassionate and useful outlook. This penetrating choice exhibits how good he succeeded: the underprivileged of London turn into terribly and sometimes shockingly alive.

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To combat this problem, some schools serving low-income communities are trying a new model that emphasizes high expectations, basic skills, good attendance, longer school hours, frequent assessments, and an insistence on orderly and respectful behavior in the classroom. Although more evaluation of these “paternalistic” schools is needed, they appear to have produced remarkable achievement gains for students in some inner-city schools. Their success is consistent with our view that a little more paternalism in working with disadvantaged youngsters might go a long way toward helping them obtain the education they need in today’s economy.

But if new research found that other approaches were more effective, states would be free to reallocate the funds. We call for new efforts to reduce unplanned pregnancies, abortions, and unplanned births among unmarried adults, especially adults in their twenties. Today’s twenty-somethings, as a group, are largely adrift, no longer moored to the success sequence, and increasingly at risk of having children outside marriage. Some of these children are born to cohabiting couples, but these relationships typically last for only a few years, thereby disrupting adult lives and depriving their children of the stable environment that research shows will best serve their interests.

We have more to say about policy responses to the widening gap between rich and poor later in the book. ” To paraphrase Senator Daniel Moynihan, we are all entitled to our own opinions but we are not entitled to our own facts. Widening Gaps between Rich and Poor The American economy grew quite smartly between 1979 and 2007. 7 34 Changing Fortunes Figure 3-1. S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement. a. Income is adjusted for household size using the square root equivalence scale (household income divided by the square root of the number of people in the household).

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