Have we let the American Dream die?
The United States has stagnated for 50 years.
Entering school ready to learn, receiving a quality education, securing a good-paying job—the numbers haven’t moved. Measure by race, gender, or geography, and they’ve worsened. Covid-19 and the explosion of racial tensions are setting things back even more.
Trillions of dollars have been spent on myriad policies, programs, and school models—“silver bullets” that haven’t moved the numbers. Progressives and conservatives alike have had some great ideas. But we can’t even agree on the life outcomes to measure progress.
We need a new social contract for the 21st century between institutions and the people they serve.
It needs to put people first, beginning with meeting basic needs and then helping individuals and families meet critical milestones for securing stable, comfortable lives along a pathway to lifelong success.
We’ve found hundreds of local initiatives doing just that: building a new social contract; facilitating the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to work with communities to meet basic needs and reduce disparities along the Pathway to Lifelong Success.
That’s Finding Common Purpose.