Education: The Aging of the Greening

Generation gap, step aside for the "education gap." According to a study based on the census and released last week, the chief reason for conflict between parents and children may well be their sharply changing exposures to learning. The proportion of young adults with high school diplomas has risen from 38% in 1940 to 75% today; those with one or more years of college have increased from 13% to 31%, and college-degree holders have almost tripled, from 6% to 16%. By contrast, the fathers of nearly two-thirds of today's college students did not go beyond high school.

Even so, the older generation...

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