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(DC) In The Age of Inequality, Does Public Schooling Make a Difference?
March 22, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
More than 50 years ago, the landmark Coleman Report settled on an extraordinary and controversial finding: that public schooling exerts little influence over inequality in America. Instead the effects of schooling are outweighed by “the inequalities imposed on children by their home, neighborhood, and peer environment.” The report inspired decades of research aimed at answering how, when, and why schools can make a difference to economic and social mobility.
This lunch briefing, which draws from the November 2017 volume of The ANNALS will capture what researchers have learned about inequality and educational opportunity since the Coleman Report, examine new empirical work on the effects of schools on the life chances of underserved youth, and address connections to policy and practice.