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Higher Education Dragging Down Social Mobility

Matthew Hickman reports on a recent Brookings Institution seminar on policies that would help to educate low-income children. One participant, Adrian Wooldridge of The Economist, declared that social mobility and opportunity in the U.S. are deteriorating in part because of some American universities’ admissions policies. The favoring of students on the basis of celebrity or legacy, said Wooldridge, is a significant drag on upward mobility. 

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