US Education Policy

SOF Digital Discussion: The Inequality Machine: How College Divides Us

October 6, 2020  • Society of Fellows

This SOF Digital Discussion features Paul Tough, author, contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, and speaker on topics including education, parenting, equity, and student success, in conversation with Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University. Tough and Simmons explore longstanding inequities in higher education and highlight the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated those disparities. They address the student debt crisis, underfunded public institutions, and the “free college” debate and conclude with insights into what the path to a better, more equitable system looks like.