American Dreams and Discontents


American Dreams and Discontents

Beyond the Level Playing Field


Is the American dream in trouble? Has opportunity in America really diminished? This paper seeks to answer these questions by offering a historical perspective. The paper reviews the nation's record of achievement and the benefits and challenges of meritocracy. It discusses the necessity of creating a level "playing field" for all and equipping individuals with the tools to achieve success by broadening access to education.

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