In his new book, The Education Myth: How Human Capital Trumped Social Democracy (Cornell University Press), Jon Shelton, a professor of democracy and justice studies at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, traces how the predominant American view of education evolved from an instrument of democratic instruction to the primary path to a good job. Shelton spoke with Inside Higher Ed via Zoom. Excerpts of the conversation follow, edited for length and clarity.
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