How our schools have been turned into a bandaid for economic inequality

In the age of rising inequality, we’ve turned education into a kind of technocratic talisman . It’s what will make people more productive and higher earners. It’s what will help them escape the rising acidic vat of economic insecurity that Americans are all desperately scrambling to stay above.

But education isn’t like that. It’s not a science. It’s the art of raising new human beings. "[Local schools] orient us to our own histories, anchors of continuity in the places where we were from. Schools are where young people first learn how to interact with their communities in official and personal […]