I met Tony Jack 10 years ago when I was on a fellowship at Harvard. It was the first day of a sociology class I was taking. Tony walked in looking like an NFL lineman – tall and thick and wearing a track suit. Then, the professor had us introduce ourselves. And about 10 seconds after Tony started talking, I knew he was the smartest one in the class.
He has spent his life outperforming expectations. He has made it from a poor neighborhood in Miami to his own job teaching at Harvard. And now he has written a book called “The Privileged Poor” about the realities of class division at elite universities. We talk about his book, his life, and his thoughts on the recent college admissions scandal.
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- The Amazon page for his book, "The Privileged Poor"
- His faculty page at Harvard
- A New York Times story when he graduated from Amherst
- His Instagram feed, featuring book-tour stuff, food pics, and yarn
Other music in this episode:
- Lee Rosevere, "Let That Sink In"
- Lee Rosevere, "Systematic"
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