Phoebe on the paradigm shift underway:

i think we’ve won significant ideological concessions from the university as well. last summer’s alumnae/i magazine saw levin, in a q&a entitled “yale and the poor” (yes, really), having “mixed feelings” about harvard’s financial aid initiative. levin says, “I wonder whether it is in fact a step forward to say, ‘Now it’s free.’ In my view, families ought to have a stake, however small, in their children’s education.” but now yale has made the step forward (even $5000 forward of harvard) and acknowledged, in terms of policy if not explicitly, that for a family to “have a stake. . . in their children’s education,” they don’t necessarily need to be doling out money. and so yale’s whole messed-up notion of “coinvestment” begins to fall apart.

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