For more than a century, one of the most persistent ideas in US politics has been that education is the best solution to inequality. But it’s not persistent because it’s true — it’s persistent because it’s a useful myth for political and economic elites jealously guarding their money and power.
Cristina Groeger is a history professor at Lake Forest College and the author of The Education Trap: Schools and the Remaking of Inequality in Boston.
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