In The Age of Inequality, Does Public Schooling Make a Difference?

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm


Washington, DC

Prudence Carter (University of California, Berkeley)
Heather Hill (Harvard University)
Margot Jackson (Brown University)
sean reardon (Stanford University)
Moderated by Kenya Downs (Public Radio International).

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.

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