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The American Dream (and Education)


In order to maintain the possibility of the American Dream, we need to remember that a free and public education is at the core of its existence. A world in which one’s intellectual prowess is measured solely on the level of degree attained strays dangerously away from the foundation on which our system was founded. In a world where anyone can earn a diploma, the diploma is instantly less valuable and, as a direct result, students must pursue a higher degree. As this process continues we gradually kill the American dream and re-assert class stratification and valuation by socio-economic status. Ultimately this system removes the ability for great minds to achieve success and returns to a system where those who can afford the most education earn the most respect. This is, of course, a tragedy.

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