Updated Nov 14, 2020 - Politics & Policy

1. The failed promise of education

Photo illustration of children waving the US flag, singing children, student with a backpack, and teacher writing on a blackboard

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Spencer Grant, George Rose, Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images

In America, it's better to be born wealthy — which often means white — than to be born smart.

Why it matters: For decades, the U.S. has held up schooling as the key to unlocking the American dream, but the facts tell us that education's promise is a false one.

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