This is Science Today. Management professor
Richard McKenzie of the University of California,
Irvine, who grew up in an orphanage, says that orphanages
have been getting a bad rap lately. He surveyed
a group of people who grew up in orphanages in the
1950s and found their incomes today are 20 to 75
percent above the median.
McKenzie: Education, it ranges anywhere from 18 percent higher high school graduation rate to a 30 percent higher college graduation rate to where the former orphans have three times the percentage of advanced degrees than the general population.
Narrator: McKenzie says the reason is that, contrary to the bleak stereotype, most of the orphans feel their orphanages gave them opportunities and resources they wouldn't have otherwise had.
McKenzie: I found that something between 80 and 90 percent look back on their homes with a very favorable reaction, another five to ten percent say it's favorable, only one percent or so say it's unfavorable or very unfavorable.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Steve Tokar.