The Trouble with Pinker’s Argument about ‘The Trouble With Harvard’ | HASTAC

Posted: December 28, 2015 in College and Career Readiness
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As much as we like to believe we have class mobility, higher education is now so expensive that it exacerbates rather than ameliorates income inequality:  that is, you need to be affluent to afford to go to college to, in your life time, earn more money than those who could not afford college.  This is a vicious generational cycle that has been escalated by the fifty-year defunding of higher education.  This process began, for all intents and purposes, with Governor Ronald Reagan systematically cutting state subsidies to the California system of higher education institutions.  More and more of the U.S. tuition burden has passed from society at large to the individual student, ensuring that the most affluent American students (not necessarily the most talented) have a much higher chance of going to college. This is not very forward-thinking in an era of high change, when we need the smartest students to learn to be inventors, creators, innovators in all fields.

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