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The Case of the Disappearing Black and Latino Student: Race and the Achievement Gap at Smith College and Stuyvesant High School

Richard Buery | Posted 05.02.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

Where you stand on the declining numbers of African Americans at Stuyvesant depends on your answers to two questions. First, do you think the small number of black students is a problem? Second, what should we do about it?

The End Of The American Dream?

The Atlantic | Derek Thompson | Posted 03.02.2012 | Money

When older generations wonder what's the matter with Millennials, they often judge their younger cohorts against such financial and social benchmarks ...

How Long Will We Dream?

Wil' Prada | Posted 05.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Wil' Prada

My mother was the Dreamer of a past generation. Her dreams, along with the dreams of countless other mothers and fathers of undocumented youth in this country have gone unfulfilled and have been long forgotten. Dreams that are destined from the beginning to be just that, dreams.

Fantasy, Power And The American Dream

Posted 03.01.2012 | Arts

Laura Krifka works in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and photography to create fantasies that indulge our desires for power and a stable ...

3 Reasons Why You Should Never Have Kids

David Wygant | Posted 04.30.2012 | Parents
David Wygant

The American dream: suburbs, children, after school activities. It sounds good in principle doesn't it? Let me tell you something -- the other night, I slept through the night.

What America's Manufacturing Sector and Labor Policies Can Learn From Germany

Michael Shank | Posted 04.25.2012 | Business
Michael Shank

The German manufacturing strategy is based on making existing products better again and again, or as a Mercedes ad put it: "We are inventing the car. Since 1886."

Things Should Never Have Reached This Point

George Goehl | Posted 04.16.2012 | Impact
George Goehl

Every day, the American Dream seems a little farther away. More of our grandparents are being thrown from their homes. Our mothers and fathers can't...

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.

An Open Letter to America

Trisha Ocona Francis | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business
Trisha Ocona Francis

Why did the banks get billions of dollars in a bailout when many failed, but as a working, tax-paying citizen, my cries were left on deaf ears? How do I get out and become free again? I know everything is a risk including homeownership, and it comes with a lot of sacrifice.

The Very Poor, the Middle Class and the Real Economic Challenge of 2012

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

I don't think Mitt Romney was saying he doesn't actually care about the "very poor." In fact, I believe he does care -- as do most reasonable people. But he clearly doesn't understand what "very poor" means, or how it relates to the middle class today.

American Dream Downgraded to American Whimsical Notion

James Napoli | Posted 04.02.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

The press release goes on to urge Americans to get over themselves, and wake up from their collective dream before the American Whimsical Notion itself gets downgraded to the American Passing Fancy.

Mitt Romney Tells a Huge Lie About Medicare & Social Security

Ethan Rome | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Shame on Romney for lying to Florida seniors as he cheers on Paul Ryan's plan to take away their health care and retirement security.

Rescuing the American Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For decades, the cornerstone of fulfilling the American dream has been getting a good education. But that cornerstone has crumbled for millions of America's children.

2008 Obama is Back! And He's Laying Out Plan of Hope

Abby Deely | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
Abby Deely

The State of the Union address was one of the most powerful speeches Obama has ever delivered. It seemed to remind all those watching of his powerful "Yes We Can" speech of 2008.

One American Dream Fades -- Will Another Be Born?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

It is a constant theme among Republicans, who criticize President Obama for tearing down national greatness and pride. Yet beyond hope and rhetoric there are some undeniable facts that counter our embrace of the American dream.

The Critical Connection Between Higher Education and the American Dream

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 03.20.2012 | Education
Jamie Merisotis

The American Dream is built on the promise that individuals from all walks of life can find success and prosperity here. That dream has taken some hit...

The Fight To Save The American Dream

www.salon.com | Posted 01.18.2012 | Fifty

If you're part of the one percent, even getting fired comes with a cushion made of eiderdown. GMI, a research company that gets paid to keep an eye on...

The Viral Immigration Meme: Did You See The Success Story?

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 03.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

"We all see what we want to see," someone wrote as a Facebook comment for this picture. What do you see when you look at it?

Occupy: Resurrecting Rev. King's Final Dream

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

What Rev. King preached and what many Occupiers seem to believe is that paramount in a republic is job creation, not wealth creation. The duty of government is not to ensure that the rich get richer but to establish equal opportunity.

Flipping America's Switch

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Stuart Muszynski

Americans, both the "99%" and the "1%," need to focus first on what's going right with our country and then develop plans that embrace our shared values and common hopes and dreams.

Five Myths About the American Dream

Michael Ford | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Michael Ford

What is the American dream? We began regular study of how people define and perceive the dream three years ago, and have discovered many misunderstandings worth a second look.

DYING DREAM: Its Harder For Americans To Rise From Lower Rungs

nytimes.com | 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...

A Lesson From Occupy Wall Street

Christopher H. Lee | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Christopher H. Lee

Although OWS is largely a shape-shifting cloud of ideas and frustrations, there is one concrete solution emanating from the tents worth noting: bold, visionary investment in America's infrastructure.

How Can We Get the American Dream Back for Our Kids?

Mary Ann Rankin | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Mary Ann Rankin

If we want to ensure a chance at a better life for our kids, a good place to start is by making sure that teachers have the tools to help their students reach success, step by step.

Tyler Kingkade

Occupy Wall Street Adjusts To Outside Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.21.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- During a recent demonstration in Washington, D.C., several hundred progressives gathered on K Street were protesting the same outrage bu...