Posted on May 15, 2009
My own life story gives testimony to the American Dream in that my family immigarated to the US when I was four-years-old, my parents (with only eighth grade educations) did manual labor day and night and weekend, and affordable access to higher education set me on a path to a very different life than the one I would have had in a hardscrabble farming village in rural Canada.
I do worry that the kind of opportunity and support I had is becoming less available to today’s immigrants and poor kids. Listen to this excellent radio commentary from the Managing Director at the Pew Charitable Trust:
The notion that Europe now has more social mobility than the US is a sobering thought.