Interactive: What impact does family income have on a child's chance of going to college?
Hat tip to teammate, Ryan, for sharing this interactive from The Upshot (subscription required).
What makes this an interactive activity is students get to draw their answer to this question (using a touchpad) on a graph that has family income levels on X axis and college attendance rates on the Y axis. You also get a free tip knowing that your line has to pass through a certain point on the graph.
Once you have made your guess, you can see how your line compares with reality (based on research on children born in the early 1980s), as well as how it stacks up compared to the almost 78,000+ NYT readers who had completed the exercise (as of last night). You also receive an analysis of where you had the biggest discrepancy from the research findings.
This exercise can lead to a rich classroom discussion using questions like:
- How did your line compare with reality? Why do you think you made the error you did?
- What is the relationship between family income and college going rates? Do the results surprise you?
- List the reasons that you believe that this relationship exists.
- How do colleges seek to boost enrollment of lower income students?
- Do you believe that this relationship between income and college going is changing? What direction?