Robert Putnam: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis


Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:00pm to 1:45pm


Harvard Kennedy School: Allison Dining Room

Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University.

Robert Putnam's talk will draw from his  forthcoming book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, scheduled for release by Simon and Schuster on or around March 10, 2015:

The American Dream of equal opportunity is threatened by a growing gap between kids from the upper third of the social hierarchy and their peers from the lower third.  

Over the last several decades young people from college-educated homes and those from high-school educated homes have diverged on many factors predicting life success:  Two-parent homes, parental investments of time and money, test scores, physical health, participation in extracurricular and religious activities, school quality, college entrance and completion.  

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Kids from low-income homes of all races are increasingly adrift from family, school, church, and community institutions, in a perfect storm with multiple causes: economic insecurity and stress, the collapse of the working class family, and the unraveling fabric in low-income neighborhoods.

This problem poses serious economic, social, political and moral challenges.



See also: Spring 2015