Askwith Forum: The American Dream in Crisis: Can Education Restore Social Mobility?

Moderator: Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, HGSE

Speaker: Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; author, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Discussants:
• Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Professor of Education, HGSE; Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University
• Meira Levinson, Professor of Education, HGSE

The American Dream of equal opportunity is being threatened. A growing gap between kids from the upper third and the lower third of the social hierarchy poses serious economic, social, political, and moral challenges. In this Askwith Forum, Putnam shares insights from Our Kids, his groundbreaking examination of this new American crisis, and our speakers consider what educators can do to help restore some measure of social mobility in our society.

Part of HGSE’s Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity community conversation.

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