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Professor of Education Sean Reardon recently published a controversial New York Times opinion piece titled “No Rich Child Left Behind,” in which he detailed his research on the widening achievement gap between students from high- and low-income families.
First-generation and others from generally underprivileged backgrounds have a host of unique challenges upon arriving at Stanford. They are placed in a new social and economic culture. They have financial burdens that add to the stress of campus life. And they are generally faced with an abrupt academic transition; from day one, students from these backgrounds are in classes alongside peers who attended some of the nation’s top high schools.
How can I reconcile what I know about the personhood of employees with the faceless and troubling power that big business wields on Wall Street and Capitol Hill?
Classic political theory says that in countries with high inequality like the United States, the median voter will favor redistribution through progressive taxation. But in the past few decades, income inequality in the United States has soared even as our tax policy has become less progressive.
The Occupy movement that began as a protest against Wall Street has been showing some worrying signs of devolving into a protest against capitalism. We have previously praised the attention drawn by these protests to critical issues of economic inequality and unrestrained financial sector risk-taking, among other things, but we believe this change of course threatens to detract from the group’s original purpose.
Rather than retreating from the public sphere or using their wealth for subsidy, the privileged few should exercise their agency and work to create an education system that brings an appropriate level of public funding to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds