Economic opportunity and upward mobility serve as the foundation of the American Dream. However, there is growing evidence that many of today’s students are struggling to advance. Does the American Dream still exist? In examining this question, this course explores the key components of economic mobility and how access to high quality education systems and diverse educational offerings is a key factor in ensuring all students have equal opportunity to climb the economic ladder. Participants will gain insight into the gaps in U.S. education and what actions can be taken to increase the effectiveness of education as a catalyst for economic mobility.
- Understand the key concepts of economic mobility in the United States, including: the distinctions between income inequality and mobility, the difference between relative and absolute mobility, and why relative mobility is important.
- Explore the current state of the U.S. education system, the role education plays in economic mobility, and gaps in educational opportunities and outcomes in the U.S.
- Examine examples of diverse educational offerings that are critical to ensuring all students have the chance to climb the economic ladder.