In the last few days my social and news feeds have been flooded with various Halloween tips, ideas and recollections of Halloweens past. The one that truly caught my eye... The post addressed kids from poorer neighborhoods trick-or-treating in wealthier areas and whether or not the questioner had to give them candy.
Insignificant changes in the rankings among elite institutions often make the headline news in national media. This raises false perceptions among parents and policy makers alike about the veracity and the realities of rankings, and further contributes to the growing income disparity between the wealthy and those of modest means.