Improving state’s future rests with more education

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: May 17, 2009
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/> → In general, the higher the income, education or social status level, the lower the likelihood of being overweight or obese.

Schools serving students with the most needs often have the fewest resources, including less-experienced teachers.

→ A less-educated person is more likely to be unemployed.

→ Nearly 75 percent of inmates in state prisons throughout the country had not completed high school at the time of imprisonment.

If current nationwide incarceration rates continue, nearly one out of every three black males will spend some portion of their lives in state or federal prison.

→ Infants born to less-educated mothers are more likely to have low birth weight. That makes the babies more susceptible to developmental delays and infant death.

The big picture here shouldn’t be a surprise. The estimator only makes it more clear: Education doesn’t just matter, it matters a lot. A well-focused effort to improve the education levels of Oklahomans could bring important improvements in health- and poverty-related statistics where our state has fared dismally. And behind those statistics would be real people raising the quality of life for them and their families. Picture that.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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