The Connection Between Education and Marriage
The New York Times
recently ran a marriage based article that’s been receiving a lot of buzz around the web.
Chris Faulkner and Jessica Schairer share many of the same attributes. They are both educated, Midwestern women working at the same day care and have children of their own. What sets them apart other than the fact that Schairer works for Faulkner is their marital status; Faulkner is married and Schairer is a single mother.While the economy has played a role in inequality among Americans, scholars agree that an individual’s level of education and marital status has influenced the income gaps.
Faulkner completed her degree from a four-year university, whereas Schairer only completed high school and a degree from a community college. It’s been shown that “less-educated women like Ms. Schairer, who left college without finishing her degree, are growing less likely to marry at all, raising children on pinched paychecks that come in ones, not twos,” the New York Times reports.
Needless to say, it would seem as though the cycle of education, marital status and family structure is a continuous one. Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University believes, “It is the privileged Americans who are marrying, and marrying helps them stay privileged.”
View the complete article from The New York Times.
In your own life, what correlations between someone’s education or marital status to their income and family relationships have you noted if any?