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    i can't answer all these.  all i know is i saw a study a little while ago (maybe a year or two) that showed a graph of education levels, spread out over socio-economic status.

    in europe, the dispersion looks like a straight, slightly upward line towards the right.  for simplicity's sake, think of it as education of subject (y) over education of subject's parents (x).

    in america, the dispersion looks like a hyperbola, starting out as a slow increase, then astronomically accelerating as you move across the x axis.

    the beauty of this graph was that it then dispersed socio-economic levels along those lines, but you can probably intuit the results of that.

    i haven't looked at the specific subgroups you ask about.  and frankly, i don't think those subgroups really matter that much.  what matters is the overall trend that in america, its now more important who your parents are than who you are.

    thats a point worth making in the upcoming election.  it didn't all happen on bush's watch, but it sure did get a lot worse.

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