Michael Bloomberg: “Education Isn’t Going to Help Uneducated Adults”

Let’s hope this is not representative of the level of discourse one can expect at the Aspen Institute:

Moderator Jennifer Bradley, director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Institute, then asked what the U.S. can do to get people out of poverty. Bloomberg responded that conventional wisdom points to education, but education isn’t going to help uneducated adults. Bradley later asked how government can offer basic fairness to the children “who have been failed.” (my emphasis)

Bloomberg claimed that 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25. Cities need to get guns out of this group’s hands and keep them alive, he said.

As noted by Paul Campos, here, according to actual crime statistics, the real percentage appears to be 22.8.

Maybe this is an isolated case, but I worry that attitudes and ignorance like this, when espoused by elites, can have a significant adverse impact on efforts to improve adult educational opportunities for minority out-of-school youth and young adults. Curious what others think.