There may be no school to teach you how to play the violin. That’s what happened to one man who was studying to be a musician in the 1970s, but couldn’t afford a private school for his child. This man found his way to the Boston Public Schools (BPS), but the schools are run by the BPS, which is the branch of Boston Public Schools that was under state ownership when it was formed. The New England Conservatory of Music has the contract for the BPS’ conservatory.
My family moved to New York City. What are the differences between New York and Boston? The difference could be likened to that between Paris and Paris. Both of the cities have a major artistic heritage as well as a major population. For example, there are close in number to the world heritage sites in both of them: the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Both cities are rich in culture and a large number of institutions which are dedicated to the arts. New York and Boston also have major airports, whereas New York lacks one of them.
What is the difference between being American and being a New Yorker? The American and the New Yorker are two distinct people with contrasting values and attitudes. The one who is an American is an individual who chooses to identify with the United States, and the person who identifies with New York might also have that background. I suppose the more important difference is that most of the great American figures, such as Benjamin Franklin, are both American.
Is America better or worse off today than it was 70 years ago? According to the annual inflation calculator by the Consumer Price Index, the US is now $23,966 richer in today’s dollars than in 1974 and 10% more. In terms of real wealth, however, the US is now 5% poorer than it was in the mid-1970s. In 1970, the gap was 14%.
What is the American Dream today? Back in 1965, I would have said that the US was more or less a society with no dreams at all. I know you said you lived in the 1960s. In truth, our dream was different then. Back then, dreams did have a social and economic grounding – the idea that something better is available for people who strive. It was about having a place in a bigger economy to make it easier to provide for an individual’s needs through a larger work/family life – and to make that way easier to have more income in the future. In both American and Soviet regimes,