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Connections: Debating "educationism"

Jun 21, 2019

This week, President Barack Obama tweeted a recommendation: he wants everyone to read venture capitalist Nick Hanauer’s piece on education in The Atlantic Monthly. Or rather, the piece is about what Hanauer calls “educationism.”

Hanauer says that he, a rich white man, thought for years that he could help fix America’s education problem by writing big checks and supporting reforms. He’s come to believe that no reform is powerful enough to overcome the effects of massive inequality and poverty. He writes that education is the symptom; an unequal economy is the disease.

Our guests debate it: