Is education the only route to more economic equality?

March 6th, 2014
quote-until-we-get-equality-in-educationI think we can all stipulate that we continue to witness growing income inequality in America.  Class mobility is at an all time low and if we don’t begin to address the problem, the consequences for American democracy will be severe.

But even if we embrace the problem, how to we begin to solve it?  Programs, including taxes to create any kind of redistributive fairness, are a non starter in Washington and in Statehouses everywhere.  So where do we begin?

UC Irvine Professor Greg Duncan and Harvard economist Richard Murnane argue in their book Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education,
that the answer actually may be right in our schools.  That only education can level the economic playing field.

My conversation with Greg Duncan & Richard Murnane: