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Serena Golden, Inside Higher Ed, Jul 26, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good article in Inside Higher Ed that makes the simple point that increasing education outcomes is not a good route to ending income inequality in society. It used to be the case that obtaining a higher education was a ticket to success, but as more and more people do so, this success becomes less and less certain, due to other factors in society. "Poverty and economic inequality are about the distribution of resources — jobs and income," says John Marsh. "The U.S. economy has never produced anywhere close to the number of jobs — let alone decent-paying jobs — it would take to move the non-working poor into the ranks of the gainfully employed... Education plays a role in where people end up on the ladder of incomes, but it cannot much change the distance between rungs on the ladder." Via Laura Gibbs.
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