In the News: The Sobering Evidence of Social Science
In his column, George Will notes that we have just passed the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report.
The report was so “seismic” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s word — that Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration released it on Fourth of July weekend, 1966, hoping it would not be noticed. But the Coleman Report did disturb various dogmatic slumbers and vested interests. And 50 years on, it is pertinent to today’s political debates about class and social mobility. So, let us now praise an insufficiently famous man, sociologist James Coleman, author of the study “Equality of Educational Opportunity.”
The Spring 2016 issue of Education Next featured a series of articles commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Coleman Report.
– Education Next