Discuss the issue of who is more likely to get “ahead” in America, who is more likely to become poor, and who is most likely to become wealthy

Option #1:

Discuss the issue of who is more likely to get “ahead” in America, who is more likely to become poor, and who is most likely to become wealthy. The general belief is that if you work hard, you will be able to get ahead; that is, you will become upwardly mobile.

Is the American dream really obtainable for everyone in our society, or is it simply a myth that we believe in order to legitimate the existing class system? Does the American class system tend to reproduce itself from generation to generation? How? Explain. 

Discuss the issue of who is more likely to get “ahead” in America, who is more likely to become poor, and who is most likely to become wealthy.

Option #2:

Reflect on how we define different social classes in America. To what social class do you belong? Support your rationale with the course terms/concepts and provide in-text citations.  Then consider if you are in a different social class than your grandparents and great-grandparents. If you are in a different social class than your grandparents, what sociological factors have led to this shift?  If you are in the same social class as your grandparents, what factors have led to your family remaining in the same class?