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the_physicist 25th-Dec-2012 09:58 am (UTC)
I agree with you on the article failing to talk about the picture in a broader view. I think the author did a great job on getting their stories across, but they gave themselves away with this line early on:

The growing role of class in academic success has taken experts by surprise since it follows decades of equal opportunity efforts and counters racial trends, where differences have narrowed. It adds to fears over recent evidence suggesting that low-income Americans have lower chances of upward mobility than counterparts in Canada and Western Europe.

No, not really a shock to the actual experts... only to clueless politicians and policy makers who have ignored those actually looking at the college intake, graduation and earnings data etc.

For example, the state with the best unis in the US, massachusetts, in that state the income disparity between rich and poor has had the biggest increase. The good unis have caused that growth in income disparity.

I read an article that also had faults in it, but did highlight the role of HE in the US in increasing income disparity clearly. I'll go look for it.

Found: http://www.reuters.com/subjects/income-inequality/massachusetts?
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