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Exchange Exemplar: college as the pathway to upward mobility

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Maybe college is not for everyone, but for the people who go, it can make a huge difference in life trajectories.

Paul Tough, who writes and speaks on education and inequality, sums up the impacts in the book The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, retitled in more recent editions as The Inequality Machine: How College Divides Us (with pandemic-related preface).

We got a hold of the author pre-pandemic to talk about how college can lead to upward mobility, but can still present an obstacle to many students.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.