As the 2020 Democratic Primary heats up, it’s increasingly evident that healthcare will, yet again, be at the top of the campaign issue list. Likewise, climate change is sure to remain atop the list. Candidates are right to speak with the urgency each crisis demands because, almost daily, we’re confronted with the dire consequences of our inaction on both fronts.

But, as I gird to hear “healthcare should be a right, not a privilege” repeated 47 times in the first five minutes of the next debate, I sincerely doubt any of us will hear the candidates frame the issue of education in the same light as they do healthcare or climate change. That is a problem — and it is not a new problem.


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