Is it true, as Tuesday’s “Word on the Walk” suggests, that not one in four students at Penn wonders whether anyone, let alone Penn President Amy Gutmann, should make $1.3 million at all? I don’t want to think this is true, but, then again, no one writing for this paper — nor any undergraduate I’ve met here — has criticized the Wharton School for being the think-tank for wealth disparity in this country. Most Penn students I’ve met actually seem proud of this aspect of their school.
Does no one here think that Wharton, as the country’s oldest and most prestigious business school, should be teaching its students how to correct this terrible problem, rather than amplify it? I shudder to think that the students here at Penn, as intelligent as I have found them to be, have been deprived of this perspective in their college education. I understand why — were they aware of their school’s complicity in perpetuating, year after year after year, the most disgusting aspect of our country, they might see themselves in a position to actually do something about it.
Perhaps someone from Wharton can tell me: what do you learn there that will put an end this problem in our country and in the world?
Visiting Ph.D. student from the University of California at Berkeley
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