Better Schools Won’t Fix America Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investm

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The Atlantic

Jun 11, 12:00 AM

Better Schools Won’t Fix America Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment could heal the country’s ills—but I was wrong. Fighting inequality must come first.

This belief system, which I have come to think of as “educationism,” is grounded in a familiar story about cause and effect: Once upon a time, America created a public-education system that was the envy of the modern world. No nation produced more or better-educated high-school and college graduates, and thus the great American middle class was built. But then, sometime around the 1970s, America lost its way.

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