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Robert D. Putnam
Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, HKS and FAS
phone: (617)495-0539
fax: (617)495-1589
Putnam, Robert D. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Simon & Schuster, 2015.
It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in—a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.




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