A parents’ level of education seems to have a serious impact on their children’s path towards social success. A recent study was released from the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel showing that Israelis born to under-educated parents are less likely to develop within the ranks of society. The report shows that people over 30 without a high school diploma is higher when their parents didn’t receive a university diploma. About 65% had parents who didn’t attend high school, 25% had parents who graduated from high school, and only 7% had one parent with a university degree.
People who grew up with parents with low income and employment rates also tend to follow in their generational footsteps. The CBS report shows that of the people over 30 with fathers and mothers who pursued academic careers, about 50% also pursued academic professions. Of those whose parents did not pursue academics, just 20% pursued an academic career.
In terms of income, the report spotlighted three household incomes: below NIS 2,000 per month, between NIS 2,000 – 4,000, and above NIS 4,000 per month. For people whose parents did not graduate high school, about one third were found in each of these income categories. However, for those whose parents had an academic degree, 90% make above NIS 2,000 per month.
The report is a stark reminder of the importance of equal education and opportunity despite socio-economic backgrounds. While nobody can control what family they were born into, with the right guidance, opportunity and access to education, every child has the capacity to grow up as a contributing member to society and reach their full potential.