His brilliant lede says it all – Instead of serving as a springboard to social mobility as it did for the first decades after World War II, college education today is reinforcing class stratification . . . .
But he then goes on to explain, in great detail, how a college degree, universally considered to be the stepping stone to a better life with greater opportunity and security, is becoming an unreachable goal for too many qualified Americans whose families simply cannot afford it.
And, as always, this is not some natural phenomenon, but a direct result of policy choices, choices that are only increasing the gap – it’s a gulf, really – between a wealthy few and the rest of us.
Read it and weep, or, better yet, read it and get very angry. Then get active.
UPDATE – Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich weighs in.