Education, the Humanities, and Economic Justice

Is Education the sole answer to poverty? Image by Christophe Vorlet for The Chronicle Review

John Marsh of the Chronicle Review asks a pertinent question:

Does education alleviate economic inequality, or should economical justice be the effort, then education?

" Remarkably, this faith in the power of education to make or break lives traverses the political spectrum. Indeed, a surprising consensus has grown up in the United States around the belief that what causes poverty and economic inequality is lack of education, and that what will fix those ills is more and better education. Crucially, the conventional wisdom explains not just why some people get ahead, but also justifies why some people are left behind. And though they may agree on little else, liberals, conservatives, and cameramen can nevertheless agree on this." ~ John March

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