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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a small, intimate novel about an exceedingly well-educated concierge in a Paris apartment building and her relationships. Here are five reasons I think this book is essential reading for grown ups.