A Simple Proposal to Revive the American Dream
Rahm Emanuel, The Atlantic
During the industrial age, when high school was the gateway to the American dream, public-school systems covered the costs of earning a diploma. Today, however, as associate's degrees have replaced high-school diplomas as the indispensable ticket into the middle class, families are forced to cover the costs of tuition and more.
Several mayors and governors have begun working to spark a quiet revolution in American education. They believe that anyone willing to work hard and earn a degree should be able to attend community college for free. With that basic bargain in mind, the City of Chicago has joined Oregon, Rhode Island, and Tennessee in experimenting with ways to make community college free.