When my parents arrived at Wesleyan for my graduation, they were very proud -- of themselves and of me, Michael S. Roth reports for CNN. They hadn't known much about college when they had first sent me off to school. My father (like his father) was a furrier, and my mother had given up big band singing to raise a family. She sold clothes from our suburban basement to help make ends meet. Sending me to a prominent liberal arts school meant something special to them because it represented access to opportunity. This wasn't only economic opportunity, but the chance...

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