Upward mobility and the American Dream

The “American Dream” – what is it? For my grandparents, who traveled across an ocean to find it, it was to bring their families out of grinding poverty. For my parents it was a profound desire to be good citizens of America, to “Americanize” their children, and provide them with the education that would guarantee that they would not return to the drudgeries of the poorly educated. Certainly it was other things to other immigrant families or those whose families have been here since the Mayflower arrived.

Clearly, the “American Dream” is many things to many people. It has brought […]