There is an undercurrent in our political and social structure that seems counter to the American Dream. Do we know think of ‘our kids’ as ‘my kids’ and ‘those other kids over there’? If so, how does this view affect the choices we make? What prospects do children have?
There is a new book out that can inform our understanding.
I listened to the author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis on NPR this morning. It is written by Robert Putnam, a political scientist from Harvard. He is the author of Bowling Alone (about the middle class) which received more than high praise internationally. I looked up a review of ‘Our Kids’ in the Washington Post. You can read it here.
I am ordering the book. I hope it will help us articulate the issues we face with school choice in a manner that underscores its importance for our fundamental sense of fairness.
My testing background recognizes that there are ‘no easy answers’. My unyielding optimism, however, hopes that the book will provide ways to articulate the consequences of choices we make that transcend partisan political debates. Or, maybe those debates are simply mirrors of the concerns that Putnam documents. In either case, we need to find better ways to communicate. Hopefully, some of you will also help identify sources.