Whatever Happened to Upward Mobility

Topics: United States, American Civil War, Hispanic and Latino Americans Pages: 1 (271 words) Published: April 29, 2013
“Whatever Happened to Upward Mobility” is an article explaining how the United States was once a land of opportunity the leading Nation of the world now turned into a nation of hopelessness. The Article explains how we can get the “American Dream” back. In many instances the article refers to the Gospel of Wealth to make a point. For example Sawhill states that “We have a belief system in ourselves that no longer aligns with the facts” (29) Also the article states that we don’t pride ourselves of being more successful than our parents. We compare ourselves to our peers (29). This means we look at the people around us. The Mobile Matrix really surprises me. I don’t understand how men have a 66% chance of becoming successful while women have a 62% chance of becoming successful, when there are more women graduating than men. I also don’t understand how Hispanics have a higher chance of becoming more successful than African American’s especially because of the language barrier. The teenage mother percentage in the United States disappoints me. There shouldn’t be a 41.6 percentage of teenage mothers especially when there are numerous ways to avoid pregnancy. Although this may be true it shouldn’t be automatically assumed that “their children are headed for trouble” (31) The economy strayed away from the industrial business to the corporate world. This creates a problem because most of those jobs require a certain amount of education. The fact that American’s only have a 17% chance of making it to the upper two-fifths (28) is reality and hopefully it won’t stay that way.
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