On Tuesday, the Smith Soc Wharton chapter hosted Jason Riley (center) of the Manhattan Institute and Wall Street Journal along with University of Pennsylvania Professor Theodore Hershberg (left), for a spirited discussion about issues surrounding education reform, particularly those affecting the African American community. They discussed the barriers to educational results for low-income Americans, as well as how education challenges differ between poor rural areas and inner-city areas; particularly, how educational opportunities differ between poor black communities and poor white communities. They also discussed how policies under the Obama Adminsitration affected the situation of educational opportunity, and how these realities might change under President Trump.
Riley and Hershberg discussed how President Trump has leveled the criticism that while progressive politicians have controlled in inner cities and especially black neighborhoods for decades, they have little to show for it in terms of improvements in education, living conditions, and income, and whether they felt that was a fair criticism. They also discussed criminal justice reform and the role of teachers' unions in any educational reform project.