Johann Neem l ived what was once considered the American Dream. But now he fears it is disappearing for reasons he explain in this essay. Don't miss it! He is the author of 'Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America,' in which he describes the creation of public education between the American Revolution and the Civil War and recognizes public schools as an essential building block of a robust democracy. Neem’s family came to America from India when he was a child, and settled in California, in a diverse, multiethnic America. He went to public schools, to college, to graduate school, and eventually became a historian of education.'