Peter Sacks, Author and Speaker

Class Rules: the Fiction of Egalitarian Higher Education

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25, 2003: The U.S. Supreme Court's momentous rulings affirming the constitutionality of affirmative action in college admissions promise to institutionalize, well into the foreseeable future, the role of race in creating an equitable society. For various reasons, not the least of which is the uniquely American notion that we are an utterly mobile nation of individuals, unfettered by the strictures that have plagued other societies, "class" has become something of a dirty word in most recent discussions about equal opportunity in admissions. Bright-eyed American optimism of recent decades has played down the harsh realities of our nation's class division in higher education and society at large. Our schools, colleges, and universities, Americans fondly believe, are the great equalizers of social and economic inequality, not institutions that reflect and legitimize inequalities.

Books and Essays by Peter Sacks

Why conservatives should stop listening to anti-government critics on higher education.
Academe Magazine, American Association of University Professors
Essays and Commentary
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 12, 2007
Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice
From the Chronicle Review (Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25, 2003.
Review essay in The Nation, May 5, 2003.
Essay appears in the Spring 2003 issue of Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice
From the Jan. 8, 2003, issue of Education Week
Review essay of In Schools We Trust by Deborah Meier in The Nation, Nov. 18, 2002.
A review essay on the book, Fair Game?, by Rebecca Zwick for The Nation.
The Boston Review, December/January 2001
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Chronicle Review), June 8, 2001.
The School Administrator, Dec. 2000
While we often hear about the growing economic divide between the rich and the poor in America, Tearing Down the Gates locates the fountainhead of these growing economic disparities, our education system, and shows how the widening class divide results in an untold loss of human talent that will derail the American Dream --not just for some, but for us all.
A critical examination of America's 'testing culture' in schools, higher education, and the workplace, and how the American meritocracy can be more fair for all citizens.
An inquiry into "postmodern" American culture and its sometimes corrosive effects on qualilty in higher education.