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Meritocracy's Darker Notes

William Cheng | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
William Cheng

It's easy to assume that Americans' growing disillusionment with meritocracy stems mainly from the blunt facts of financial inequality. But there's another explanation. I think many of us, deep down, find that the very terms of meritocracy sometimes ask us to give up too much of what we hold dear.

Get Rich Quick and Bootstrap Stories Are American Fairy Tales

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

Once upon a time a truly great country existed -- this nation was by far the greatest land in the whole wide world -- its laws promised liberty, freedom and justice for all.

The Message From Baltimore

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

My colleagues and I work in the schools that serve the very communities affected by the recent disturbances. The children who come to these schools start off bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, full of enthusiasm and confidence, like children everywhere. But then all too many of them experience failure. And all that motivation drains away.

Our American Dream. Or, Why The Hell Did We Move To The United States?

Eli Bendet-Taicher | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Eli Bendet-Taicher

In the early summer of 2007, I got a call from my husband, Ido, about a New York City relocation opportunity at his company. I don't know why, but I...

Gorgeous Properties for $200? WAY Out-of-the-Box, But Ingenious

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Pamela Glasner

Being an Out-Of-The-Box woman myself for as long as I can remember (which is a kinder, gentler, more modern way of calling someone the Black Sheep of the Family), I love it when I find people accomplishing the ordinary by extraordinary means.

The Undeniable Benefits of Housing Counseling Are Worth Every Cent

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

The case for the widespread use of housing counseling in America's residential housing marketplace is both simple and straightforward.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Money, Money, Money

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

There is an old saying, "Money is the root of all evil." While money may not cause evil in all circumstances, it certainly can sway some people toward the path of corruption and bad behavior.

I Am Lonely -- Tell Me a Story

Amalia Negreponti | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amalia Negreponti

Like most people, I always had a plan. Yet it wasn't long before minor blips started upsetting what I considered to be a blueprint for a happy, fulf...

Why Aren't More Latino Authors Being Published?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 06.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Basically, there are only so many tales of brave and adventurous white people that Hispanic kids can read. At some point, they disconnect.

Grandma's Tales: On Vietnam, Memories and Transformation

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Andrew Lam

It was hard to explain then what had happened, what we had always expected as the tragic ending of things, human frailty the point of mourning and grief. And wasn't epic loss what made us tell our stories?

How Millennials Are Redefining the American Dream

Mark W. Guay | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

With the housing crash and crippling student debt, millennials around the world are redefining The American Dream. One where a person finds their calling in life to create the most epic legacy -- one that creates a better tomorrow and has an incredible impact in the world.

Living the American DREAM: Katherine Perez

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

When Katherine Perez arrived in the United States from Colombia in 2005, she had one goal in mind: to get a great education that would pave the way to a better life.

Marco Rubio Is Not Presidential

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 06.15.2015 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

Outside in the breezy air a huge flat screen broadcast Senator Marco Rubio's presidential announcement to the public who couldn't get inside the Freedom Tower.

The Economic Impact of Latino Workers: A By-the-Numbers Breakdown for Tax Day

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.15.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

In order to support investments in education, infrastructure, health care, and many other areas that millions of Americans rely on, everybody must contribute financially through the tax system. Luckily for this country, Latinos are a tremendous asset thanks to their commitment to paying their fair share of taxes.

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

5 Ways To Leave That Job You Hate

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 06.09.2015 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

This is a true story. I realize some of this advice is not for everyone. I am a risk taker and I have a low tolerance for boredom. But I will tell you this, if you set your sights on a goal and believe in the possibilities, you can do anything you dream.

Coming to Los Angeles: Labyrinth

Steven Denlinger | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Steven Denlinger

The novella 'Coming to Los Angeles' continues as a serial this week. Chapter 1: Labyrinth IN THE FALL OF 1998, I was teaching in the North Canton C...

Half as Much Is Sometimes Twice as Good

Satinder Dhillon | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Satinder Dhillon

Being taught respect, honor and working hard in the fields at a young age, were perhaps some of the best times of our lives, because we learned what integrity, and keeping your word meant.

An Interview With Designer Alyson Eastman

Eddie Parsons | Posted 05.24.2015 | Style
Eddie Parsons

I met Aly several years ago when she first arrived in New York City working in a luxury women's shop doing retail sales. She balances her charming girl-next-door roots with a modern, if not calculated sex appeal... something that is reflected directly in her collections.

India and the American Dream

Ida Jo | Posted 05.24.2015 | Travel
Ida Jo

I was surprised by the question, "Do you live with your family?" I tried to explain that the answer was no. In India, families live together. Here we are focused on independence and the desire to make it on our own. There, the focus is to make it.

To Pimp a Butterfly: Redefining Freedom and the American Dream

Julian Mitchell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Channeling the revolutionary essence of the Harlem Renaisance, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is a gripping, soul-driven melodrama that masterfully depicts the story of a courageous young man fighting through the painful process of liberating himself.

It Is Far Too Early to Lose Hope in the American Dream

Sen. Marco Rubio | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Sen. Marco Rubio

I recently came across several profiles in The Huffington Post's series "All Work, No Pay: The False Promise of the American Economy." I strongly disagree that the promise of America is false, but the moving profiles of Americans struggling to make it in today's economy do tell an important story. I am writing to explain how I believe conservative reforms will create opportunity for all.

Jeb Bush Has At Least One Thing Right on Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

In a speech to the conservative Club for Growth this week, presidential hopeful and former Republican governor of Florida Jeb Bush espoused an idea about battling poverty that is, at its core, right.

Hammocks and Ladders: The Poverty of Republican Thinking on the Poor

David Coates | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Coates

In general Republican thought, poverty is not something caused by society into which some people are unfortunate enough to fall. Rather, poverty is something people fall into by their own failures, and it is also something that they can leave behind by climbing the ladder of success.