Inequality is a short book (192 pages of text) with quite limited objectives. It sought to show that equalizing opportunity, especially educational opportunity,would not do much to reduce economic inequality or alleviate poverty. Given the book's immodest title, however, many readers evidently expected something more than these negative findings. James Coleman and Stephan Michelson both fault the book for not having gone beyond its negative thesis to explicate the actual causes of income inequality. Philip Jackson rightly complains that the few pages we devote to defining the purposes of schooling are cursory and inadequate.

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