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Education has long been embraced as one of the best ways to combat inequality . When the Washington Post endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008, they praised his sense that “the most important single counter to inequality … is improved education.”

Yet, this faith in the power of education has begun to falter. Hillary Clinton’s recent economic address included only passing mention of school reform and college readiness. Instead, her plan to tame inequality calls for more direct interventions in the economy, like raising the minimum wage and increasing worker training.

Behind this shift lies mounting evidence that improving our […]