A recent New York Times article, One Percent Education, written by Neal Gabler, a professor in the M.F.A. program at Stony Brook Southampton, raises some valid points about educational inequality in our country and how the imbalance impacts societal values. Gabler claims, “As the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans gobble up a disproportionate share of the nation’s economic resources and rejigger our institutions to funnel them benefits and power, so too do our educational 1 percent suck up a disproportionate share of academic opportunities, and threaten to reconfigure academic culture so that it both mimics and serves their values.”
Gabler is the author of four books: An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood; Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity; Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality;and Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. His essays have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, and he has been the recipient of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Time magazine’s nonfiction book of the year, USA Today‘s biography of the year, a National Book Critics Circle nomination, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Public Policy Scholarship at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He has also served as the chief nonfiction judge of the National Book Awards.