When I teach about social class and education, we examine discouraging labor market data. We scrutinize graphs and charts documenting funding inequalities among the schools attended by middle-class, working-class, and poor kids. We analyze disparities in college attainment.
And the teachers and wanna-be teachers inevitably ask “But what do we tell our students?”
The Education Wonkette generated discussion about exactly such things here. While she (and her readers) have moved on to other things as I’ve been chipping away at my Google Reader backlog, the question remains:
What do we tell the kids?