Edition:
United States
Pictures | Wed Dec 19, 2012 | 8:52am EST

Special Report: The Unequal State of America - Why education is no longer the "great equalizer"

Tanner Skenderian poses for a photograph in the yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Tanner Skenderian poses for a photograph in the yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Tanner Skenderian poses for a photograph in the yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Close
1 / 8
David Duorval (L) talks to his son Curtis in his kitchen in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

David Duorval (L) talks to his son Curtis in his kitchen in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

David Duorval (L) talks to his son Curtis in his kitchen in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Close
2 / 8
A statue of Horace Mann, with the inscription "Father of the American Public School System" etched on its plinth, stands outside the State House in Boston, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A statue of Horace Mann, with the inscription "Father of the American Public School System" etched on its plinth, stands outside the State House in Boston, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A statue of Horace Mann, with the inscription "Father of the American Public School System" etched on its plinth, stands outside the State House in Boston, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Close
3 / 8
Curtis Dorval (R) watches his father David sew him a costume at his father's home in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Curtis Dorval (R) watches his father David sew him a costume at his father's home in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Curtis Dorval (R) watches his father David sew him a costume at his father's home in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Close
4 / 8
Curtis Dorval (L) watches his father David sew him a costume at his father's home in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Curtis Dorval (L) watches his father David sew him a costume at his father's home in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Curtis Dorval (L) watches his father David sew him a costume at his father's home in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Close
5 / 8
Tanner Skenderian reads a schoolbook while posing for a photograph in the yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Tanner Skenderian reads a schoolbook while posing for a photograph in the yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Tanner Skenderian reads a schoolbook while posing for a photograph in the yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Close
6 / 8
Tanner Skenderian reads a shoolbook while posing for a photograph in the yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Tanner Skenderian reads a shoolbook while posing for a photograph in the yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Tanner Skenderian reads a shoolbook while posing for a photograph in the yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts October 12, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Close
7 / 8
Curtis Dorval sits in the kitchen of his father's house in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Curtis Dorval sits in the kitchen of his father's house in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Curtis Dorval sits in the kitchen of his father's house in Leominster, Massachusetts October 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Close
8 / 8

Next Slideshows

The Unequal State of America: Job training offers a second shot at prosperity

GARDNER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - In Massachusetts, places like Mount Wachusett Community College are on the front line in the effort to bolster education for...

Dec 19 2012

The Unequal State of America: Does income inequality matter? And how?

(Reuters) - The moral arguments against income inequality are familiar. Liberal commentators have long believed that a highly unequal society is not a just...

Dec 19 2012

The Unequal State of America: An interview with U.S. education chief Arne Duncan

(Reuters) - Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of secretary, spoke with Reuters about education's role in income inequality. The questions and answers have been...

Dec 19 2012

Insight: Once a symbol of new Afghanistan, can policewomen survive?

KABUL (Reuters) - Shortly after Friba joined the Afghan National Police, she gave herself the nickname "dragon" and vowed to bring law and order to her...

Dec 19 2012

MORE IN PICTURES

Road to the World Series

Road to the World Series

Highlights from the MLB playoffs.

Deadly wildfires in Portugal and Spain

Deadly wildfires in Portugal and Spain

Flames ripped across Iberian countryside left tinder-dry by an unusually hot summer and early autumn, fanned by strong winds as remnants of ex-Hurricane Ophelia brushed coastal areas.

Deadliest wildfires in California history

Deadliest wildfires in California history

Firefighters gained ground on wildfires that killed at least 40 people in the past week, hundreds are still missing.

Rohingya's perilous journey

Rohingya's perilous journey

Thousands more Rohingya refugees cross the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar.

Ophelia turns London sky red

Ophelia turns London sky red

The sky turns red as dust from the Sahara carried by storm Ophelia filters sunlight over London.

Final push against Islamic State in Raqqa

Final push against Islamic State in Raqqa

U.S.-backed militias battle for the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa, bringing their four-month campaign for the city to the brink of victory.

Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held area

Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held area

Iraq's central government forces advance into territory held by Kurds, seizing a swathe of countryside surrounding the oil city of Kirkuk.

Today in Sports

Today in Sports

Our top sports photography of the day.

Twin bomb blasts strike Somali capital

Twin bomb blasts strike Somali capital

Two blasts hit busy junctions in the heart of Mogadishu, one of the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast