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In contemporary America, the racial wealth gap is growing, with families transmitting race and class inequalities from generation to generation. Yet Americans continue to hold deep-rooted beliefs in the principles of individualism, equal opportunity, and meritocracy. Education, the "Great Equalizer," is supposed to level the playing field, ensuring that every child—regardless of family of origin—gets an equal chance at success. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 200 black and white families, The American Dream and the Power of Wealth starkly reveals the enormous extent to which parents defend their beliefs in the values that lie at the heart of the American Dream. Yet the way wealth is acquired and the way it is used categorically puts children from different families on vastly different educational trajectories, leaving them with uneven sets of opportunities.
Posted June 20, 2007
it was very interesting to see, in fact, what i have thought all along about the differences in the quality of education in 'good' and 'bad' neighborhoods. this book shows that the american dream, the idea of the u.s. being a meritocracy, isn't true. i highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to get an insight on the truth about america's educational system.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.