May 06, 2015 06:45 PM
A Harvard professor who used Duluth as a reference point for his research on opportunity gaps in America visited the Northland Wednesday.
Dr. Robert Putnam's book titled "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis," focuses on why that opportunity gap exists between affluent and poor children all across America.
He said he blames it on a growing income gap and more segregation between education levels, adding that Duluth made a good reference point because of it's historic "eastie and westie" divide.
"Duluth already has some institutions that are reaching out to these poor kids and so there's at least a little bit of a safety net ... that catches some of the poor kids in Duluth that would not get caught in other places with that civic tradition," Putnam said.
The award-winning author spoke about his book Wednesday afternoon at a celebration for the Duluth-Superior Community Foundation.
Updated: May 06, 2015 06:45 PM
Created: May 06, 2015 05:35 PM
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