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The Truth About Decline and the Declining Truth

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We undermine the basic concept of 'one-citizen one-vote' with the Electoral College, an idea that may have seemed like a good idea in 1789 but has not been emulated by other countries for countless reasons.

Does Switzerland's Education Model Yield More Economic Mobility Than America's?

| Posted 12.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. University education is free in Switzerland, but most s...

Re-engaging Opportunity Youth Will Increase America's Social Mobility

Daniel Condon | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Daniel Condon

Eagle Rock is both a school for high school age students and a professional development center for adults, particularly educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people from around the country who found success elusive in their previous high school.

Grand Illusion: Mobility, Inequality, and the American Dream

Jerome Karabel | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

The United States now finds itself at a crossroads: still fervently committed to the American dream, but unwilling to adopt policies that would promote its realization. Put simply, Republicans and Democrats alike want something they cannot have.

You Can Still Make It... If You Know Where To Live

Marcus Baram | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money
Marcus Baram

The American dream may be more out of reach, but it's not impossible to achieve.

America's Poverty-Education Link

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 10.29.2012 | Education
Howard Steven Friedman

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngAmerica, the land of opportunity, needs to create those opportunities for all its children.

Why Equality Matters: Michael Jordan and the 1%

Ron Davis | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
Ron Davis

Sadly, our land of opportunity seriously lags behind Norway, Canada, Finland and Denmark in intergenerational mobility. This kind of poor opportunity fits hand in glove with gross economic inequality.

3 Ways App Stores Benefit the Tech-Savvy, Mobile Workforce

Chris O'Connor | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business
Chris O'Connor

It's all about familiarity and convenience while on the go. So how will the advent of Facebook's App Center as well as other booming app stores across platforms benefit the mobile workforce?

The American Myth of Social Mobility

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

Regardless of political philosophy, few would argue that a society with little social mobility is a good thing. Societies in which there is little opportunity for social mobility will lack incentives for people to strive.

Competitive Intelligence for America

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

If America were a corporation, it would today be the equivalent of IBM in the early 1990s. Once a world leader, America is now lagging behind.

What A College Degree Gets You

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business

For America's poor, the decision to forego college won't kill all chance of moving up the economic ladder. It just severely worsens the odds. Inde...

Mind the Gap

Jacob Batchelor | Posted 05.09.2012 | College
Jacob Batchelor

Only when we can break the achievement gap and bring even a semblance of equality to high and low-income area public schools can we truly say this country is one in which all are born with an equal chance in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

Five Facts About Social Mobility

Delia Lloyd | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Delia Lloyd

What a bummer to discover that this great national mythology that's sustained us for so many generations may no longer be true. A spate of recent studies suggests that Americans are no longer upwardly mobile.

Thoughts on Mobility

Rhoda P. Curtis | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Rhoda P. Curtis

When I asked a young friend for an image when I said the word "mobility," he said, "wheels." I thought, "What a descriptive image for that word."

The State of the Union Is Unequal: 10 Things Presidential Candidates Should Know About Inequality

Sarah Burd-Sharps | Posted 02.13.2012 | Impact
Sarah Burd-Sharps

As the presidential campaign heats up, here are ten things the candidates should understand about why extreme inequality is toxic for America.

America's Mobility Problem

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The truth is, we've become a nation of narcissists. For many Americans -- particularly Republicans -- the core value is not "E pluribus unum" but rather, "What's in it for me?"

DYING DREAM: Its Harder For Americans To Rise From Lower Rungs | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

Americans enjoy less economic mobility than their peers in Canada and much of Western Europe. The mobility gap has been widely discussed in academic c...

How It Really Hurts To Be Poor In America With Poorly Educated Parents

Posted 01.18.2012 | Education

Intuitively, a child's academic performance is likely higher if he or she has highly educated parents, and lower if the child has less educated parent...

Rags to Riches: Who Should Really Care?

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Sam Pizzigati

The defenders of privilege just don't seem to get it. In truly decent societies, we measure success by how many people are leading rich, fulfilling lives, not by counting how many people are becoming rich beyond measure.

Creating an Opportunity Nation

John Bridgeland | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
John Bridgeland

We know that inequality will always exist -- but inequality without mobility is completely un-American. Creating an opportunity society is again within our reach.

Poverty Amid Plenty: America's Continuing Shame

David Coates | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
David Coates

To what degree are we all fellow-citizens in this society, and to what degree are we not? Are we one America or are we two? If we are one America, it is surely time to make the alleviation of poverty our number one priority.

Poverty Amid Plenty - America's Continuing Shame

David Coates | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
David Coates

If we are one America -- or at least if we want to be one America, united and at social peace -- it is surely time to make the alleviation of poverty our number one priority. Inside the 99 percent, it is surely time to focus hard on the needs of the bottom fifth.

Jason Linkins

Allen West Gets It Twisted On Economic Mobility In America | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

I see that Representative Allen West (R-Fla.) has taken exception to President Barack Obama in an email to supporters, saying that the president "does...

Be Digital to the Core

Naomi Troni | Posted 10.24.2011 | Technology
Naomi Troni

What we've learned in the past decade is that brands that want momentum, relevance and reach must ensure they are digital to the core. That means a lot more than having a cool website.

Arthur Delaney

The Rules Have Changed | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business

On July 17, 2009, Terry Harris of Jonesville, S.C., lost her job as an executive assistant at a promotional products company. The company, she says, w...