From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Will Bunch, the epic untold story of faculty—the good political and cultural fault line of American life”This ebook is solely terrific.”—Heather Cox Richardson, writer of the “Letters from an American” Substack”A must-read.”—Nancy MacLean, creator of Democracy in ChainsToday there are two Americas, separate and unequal, one educated and one not. And these two tribes—the resentful “non-college” crowd and their diploma-bearing but more and more disillusioned adversaries—appear getting ready to a civil battle. The strongest determinant of whether or not a voter was more likely to assist Donald Trump in 2016 was whether or not or not they attended school, and the diploma of loathing they reported feeling towards the so-called “data economic system” of clustered, educated elites. Someplace within the winding final half-century of america, the hunt for a university diploma devolved from being proof of America’s dedication to studying, science, and social mobility right into a sort of Starvation Video games contest to the dying. That quest has infuriated each the hundreds of thousands who obtained shut out and hundreds of thousands who obtained into deep debt to remain afloat.In After the Ivory Tower Falls, award-winning journalist Will Bunch embarks on a deeply reported journey to the center of the American Dream. That journey begins in Gambier, Ohio, house to prosperous, liberal Kenyon Faculty, a tiny speck of Democratic blue amidst the huge pink swath of white, post-industrial, rural midwestern America. To know “the faculty query,” there is no such thing as a higher entry level than Gambier, the place a world-class establishment caters to elite college students amidst a sea of financial despair.From there, Bunch traces the historical past of faculty within the U.S., starting with the primary technical colleges, by the landmark GI Invoice, and the tradition wars of the 60’s and 70’s, which discovered their begin on school campuses. We see how resentment of college-educated elites morphed right into a rejection of data itself—and the way the explosion in scholar mortgage debt fueled main social actions like Occupy Wall Avenue. Bunch then takes a query we have to ask another time—what, and who, is school even for?—and pushes it into the twenty first century by proposing a brand new mannequin that works for all People.The sum whole is a shocking work of journalism, one which lays naked the basis of our political, cultural, and financial division—and charts a path ahead for America.
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