THE AMERICAN DREAM:
Economic inequality is real and
growing. It can place low-income and
high-income children on separate
trajectories throughout school.
Susan B. Neuman
There is a national ethos among Americans that captures our faith in progress, opportunity, and striving. It’s the belief that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can succeed and prosper egardless of your original social status or the
circumstances of your birth. This American dream has given
hope to people born without privilege, and it’s one of the main
reasons people have often struggled to come to the United
States from around the world.
But many people are now beginning to fear that the
American dream is slipping away. Economic inequality is real
and growing. Between 1977 and 2007, the income of families