Cheerful Asian boy smiles while placing coins in a piggy bank. His mother is teaching him about saving for his education. A label on the piggy bank reads 'college.'

According to surprising results announced in an El Monte, California needs assessment in 2009, local families’ dialogues regarding higher education decidedly dwindled over the course of a child’s life. In contrast, more affluent areas saw an increase in high-school-to-college transitional rhetoric.

Of course, that’s not to imply that local parents weren’t encouraging college attainment for their children. What, then, was the root of the silence, creeping covertly over time to stifle the dreams of a disadvantaged community?

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