How important is your ZIP code for your child?

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Bill Entzminger's Blog

San Francisco“Right now the biggest predictor of how a child will do in life is the ZIP Code in which they are born,” according to Eva Gladstein head of Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment as reported at CBSnews.com. One of the major global demographic trends for well over a century has been the movement of people from rural areas to urban areas. Their driving impetus as reported by sociologists who study the phenomenon is that they are looking for a better life for themselves and a better future for their children. For most of them it seems that even living in urban squalor is superior to staying in poverty-stricken rural areas.

The rural heartland of America has for decades been losing its population to nearby cities. The standard practice since World War II is for children growing up in rural areas to go off to the nearest city for work…

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