Ever Higher Society, Ever Harder to Ascend

Unattributed, The Economist, Jan 04, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

While the bulk of this article discusses inequality and social mobility in general, some comments are reserved for higher education specifically. "America's engines of upward mobility are no longer working as effectively as they once were. The most obvious example lies in the education system... The education system is increasingly stratified by social class, and poor children have a double disadvantage. They attend schools with fewer resources than those of their richer contemporaries..." This problem is not restricted to the United States; as public support for education erodes across the western democracies, social inequalities become entrenched, and society stagnates.
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