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American Dream

Education Drives Expanded Access to Opportunity in the U.S.

Russell Krumnow | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Russell Krumnow

Studies have shown that low-income children who attend high-quality preschool are more successful academically.

9 Important Things We Can Learn From The Younger Generation

Alison Sher | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Alison Sher

There are as many ways to navigate your 20s as there are 20-somethings. Here is what the next crop of human potential has working in its favor.

The American Dream

Diane Gilman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Diane Gilman

It didn't come early in my career (understatement, as 59 years old is a dinosaur in the youth-obsessed fashion industry), but maybe the best should be saved for last... My prophecy at the age of 4 took a bit longer to come true than imagined, but it's all about the journey.

America: Dumb and Dumber

William E. White | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
William E. White

We blame teachers and schools, but in truth, the cause of American ignorance and stupidity is more fundamental than our school institutions. Parents, community leaders, public figures, popular culture icons, and peers tell our children--in words, deeds, and attitudes--that education is worthless.

Anatomy of a MLB Tryout Camp

J Scott Smith | Posted 10.11.2014 | Sports
J Scott Smith

Each year Major League Baseball's Scouting Bureau holds open tryout camps to identify talented players. For the players, no matter how unrealistic their chances are for being signed (as in my case), it's about holding onto their dream.

A Very Italian Mayor: Bill De Blasio

Angela Vitaliano | Posted 10.09.2014 | New York
Angela Vitaliano

I do appreciate the love and the consideration that Mr. De Blasio has toward his Italian heritage, but he is the Mayor of New York, a place where his own family arrived to pursue the American Dream. I expect that he will conduct himself with respect for the rules of the place where American Dreams are possible. Nothing less.

Student Debt: Paying Back the American Dream

Jason Ritchie | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Jason Ritchie

My grandfather suffered from black lung, which he caught during his years toiling in the coal mines of Kentucky. For him, sending his son to college meant that my father would never develop his same chronic cough and back pain.

American Dream Fraud: Confession of a Stupid Idealist

Larry Strauss | Posted 10.01.2014 | College
Larry Strauss

While I've been a true believer and I've perpetuated the belief in hard work as the great poverty buster, now when I talk to some of them I feel that I've perpetuated a great fraud upon them.

The Attainable American Dream

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Posted 09.21.2014 | Money
Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

The analysis insinuates that Americans should not be happy with their achievements because they have not attained arbitrary material objects. Somehow, USA Today misses what the American Dream is all about -- the pursuit of whatever each individual finds personally fulfilling.

Rethinking the American Dream

David Geller | Posted 09.15.2014 | Money
David Geller

The American Dream now costs $130,000 a year. At least that's the figure USA Today came up with. Rethinking my money-based version of the American Dream helped me discover there is more to life than checking boxes.

Determination Defined: The Carmen Rodriguez Story

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The lesson to learn from the "Carmen Rodriguez Story" is that through hard work and dedication you can achieve your personal goals. Though life may hand you obstacles, you can turn them into opportunities.

The Future of the American Mood: Hispanic Millennials in Border States

Marian Salzman | Posted 09.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Marian Salzman

California and Texas, as well as Arizona and New Mexico, aren't just on the geographical border of the United States and Mexico. They're also a frontier between the America that we were and the America we're rapidly becoming.

How to Keep the American Dream Alive

Gary Shapiro | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

Like our Founding Fathers, we must press on with the ingenuity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that are vital to America's success. More, our leaders must recognize that innovation is critical to our country's global leadership and economic growth.

I Am American

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2014 | Women
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

Twenty three years ago, I sat on a shuttle bus from the airport and cried en-route to our apartment in a new country on the other side of the world.

To The Military Mom I Saw In The Airport -- And All Those Who Sacrifice

Natalie Thomas | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Happy 4th of July to all who celebrate, both home and overseas. Those with their loved ones and those without. Those dreaming about a better tomorrow and those fighting for it.

American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Sue Shanahan

"Children are hopes" -- Novalis I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Good for Business, Good for America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

America has always been made stronger -- economically, democratically, and as a world leader -- by welcoming new citizens and allowing them to lend us their talents, their energy, and their new ideas. That's how we succeeded in the 20th century -- and it is the recipe for success in the 21st century as well.

New York Fashion Designer "The American Dream Just Happened to Me"

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 08.26.2014 | Style
Lia Petridis Maiello

Gorgeous women dressed in purple. New York based fashion designer Dunja Messer-Jourdain adds an entire new level of significance to the color that traditionally robed aristocrats and clerics.

Clinton Repeats '08 Mistake

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

There is a growing concern in Democratic circles, which I share, about whether the Hillary Clinton who could run in 2016 is repeating the mistake she made in 2008, when she ran as the inevitable and invincible candidate of a political establishment held in widespread public disrepute.

Seeing In Color

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

"Well... I don't really know what to tell you, Aryanna," my sister mumbled. I didn't blame her -- this was the umpteenth time we'd had an exasperated conversation about race, so there's nothing new to say.

Are American Dreams Compatible With the China Dream?

J. Stapleton Roy | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
J. Stapleton Roy

Americans and Chinese, like peoples everywhere, have dreams. China's top leader, President Xi Jinping, frequently refers to the China dream of the great renewal of the Chinese nation.

Senior Entrepreneurs Play a Vital Role

Jack Nadel | Posted 11.17.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Over my nearly 70 years as an entrepreneur, I have sometimes been described as a visionary, but this is really a misnomer. The truth is that I am a tremendous opportunist.

Is It OK to Be Rich?

Edward Corcoran | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

The situation is worsened by the ability of the rich to skew the system to protect the flow of more wealth to the already wealthy. A complex society requires complex regulation. Ideally, laws and regulations manage the economy for the benefit of society as a whole.

An Open Letter to Graduation Speakers

Mark Olmsted | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Mark Olmsted

We are shaming a whole generation into thinking there is something wrong with wanting a steady job, a good marriage, and perhaps some children, as if doing all those things and only making a modest living doing it somehow constitutes being a failure.

I, Welfare Bum

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

When I hear someone talking with disgust about people who receive public assistance, well, that person is talking about me, too. And themselves. And everyone in this country who's been able to build themselves and their families a financially-prosperous life.