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The American Dream

What does the American Dream look like today? How has this shifted over the years?

Generally speaking, opportunity gap refers to inputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities), while achievement gap refers to outputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of educational results and benefits). Since early in America’s history, the American dream was the belief that anyone in this country (including immigrants) could make it if they worked hard enough. Some people believe this has always been an illusion, while others point to it as a legitimate heritage of our country. Similar differences in perspective exist today: Is the American Dream alive and well or do the realities of today’s American economy and socio-political structure hamper certain groups of people so they cannot achieve what others might? What do you find inspiring about your personal American dream? Different perspectives on this issue are rarely explored — and we hope you have fun doing so in your conversation!

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