Sunday, November 27, 2011
The Horatio Alger Myth
The Horatio Alger Myth gives an unrealistic view regarding the American Dream. Harlan Dalton believe's this is socially destructive as it suggests that "(1) each of us is judged solely on her or his own merits; (2) we each have a fair opportunity to develop those merits; and (3) Each of them is, to be charitable, problematic. In this form, the Horatio Alger myth suggests that success in life has nothing to do with pedigree, race, class background, gender, national origin, sexual orientation—in short, with anything beyond our individual control."