Summary of Our Kids
From OUR KIDS: THE AMERICAN DREAM IN CRISIS. Copyright © 2015 by Robert D. Putnam. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Harvard public policy professor Robert D. Putnam documents the tragic plight of the American dream of upward mobility. His case studies, statistics and charts illustrate how the lower class has diverged from the middle and upper classes in economics, education, health and other areas. The personal accounts of people struggling against overwhelming and multifaceted circumstances will break your heart. getAbstract recommends Putnam’s presentation to educators, parents, politicians, policy makers, NGOs, and anyone interested in creating a more functional, fair society in the United States.
In this summary, you will learn
- What changes have affected the American dream of upward mobility,
- How life in the US differs by class,
- How the lack of upward class movement affects children of poorer parents and
- What steps people can take to help reverse this trend.
About the Author
Robert D. Putnam is Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, winner of the Skytte Prize and the National Humanities Medal, and author of American Grace and Bowling Alone.