Many of us are compelled by idealism, and I certainly entered education as a career over 30 years ago because of my faith in the power of learning (specifically literacy), especially as it has enriched my own life.
But evidence must trump idealism, or we are destined to remain trapped in the corrosive patterns of inequity that keep us from achieving the American Dream.
I’m sorry, but these are the realities as we have them in the U.S. as of 2014.
Before you shoot the messenger, however, let me encourage you to spend some time with the following:
- What’s more important: a college degree or being born rich? — Matt Bruenig
- Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much — Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir
- The New Jim Crow — Michelle Alexander
Once we face what the evidence shows, then we become equipped with the foundation upon which we can work to build toward those ideals that must matter among a free people.