Voice: Jonathan Rothwell

Jonathan Rothwell is a senior research associate and associate fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

“It stands to reason that with the trend towards increasing importance of education and the increasing importance of education in innovation … that these gaps are a major drag on U.S. economic performance.”

I think one of the stronger influences in the education attainment gap is segregation, the general trend in black-white segregation over the 20th Century and into today.

The segregation trends for Latinos and immigrant Asians have not been good over the last couple of decades. That is something we should be concerned with. I have not looked closely at the 2010 data.

Whereas blacks are becoming slightly more integrated, the immigrant groups are becoming more segregated and they are kind of going towards each other. Even though the black level of segregation is so much higher, it’s leftover largely from the legacy of purposeful segregation.

Something that we have been focused on is innovation and the competitiveness of American businesses, internationally. It stands to reason that with the trend towards increasing importance of education and the increasing importance of education in innovation, and the role innovation plays in generating new jobs and in generating companies that can compete internationally, that these gaps are a major drag on U.S. economic performance.

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