I wanted to help people understand how their own educational experience was part of a larger system that perpetuates inequality. I think most Americans who have economic and political clout have a hard time thinking about how their educational experience was one side of a discriminatory system. and because of that, we make decisions that perpetuate the same disadvantages that we created growing up. I’ve been calling this the “Saved by the Bell” dream. This series aims to help people understand how recreating that dream creates a nightmare for others.
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My piece on college discrimination has prompted several schools to rethink some of their orientation programming. I’ve talked with a handful of schools asking to discuss some of the problems they’ve been having with first generation students.
And my college admissions piece and my school district secession piece have been used in many classrooms around the nation to help students understand the complex incentive structures that make these difficult problems to tackle.