Many families are having to rely on their children to help pay the bills these days, according to Molly Scott of the Urban Institute, and the result is that young people with potential are having to shortchange their education.
A report on National Public Radio says, “Starting a career in a struggling economy is difficult, no matter what your background. But for young people in Langley Park, Md., a predominantly immigrant community near Washington, D.C., it is fraught with additional economic and family pressures.
“While some of the challenges Langley Park youth face are common to other children growing up in poverty, according to a new study by the Urban Institute, they tend to face an additional, unique barrier: They are four times more likely than other people their age to leave school early to help provide for their families.
“Molly Scott, lead author of the Urban Institute study, talked to Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition about her findings.” More here.