Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy


Penelope Peterson


Dear Friends,

Three of my grandparents came to this country from Sweden, speaking little English when they arrived. My maternal grandfather was born in the United States to a father who immigrated from Sweden. My grandparents believed strongly in the power of education to change lives. For example, even though neither of my maternal grandparents attended college, all eight of their grandchildren did, and I was the first grandchild to earn a doctoral degree.

My story is far from unique. Many of you reading this message probably come from families with similar narratives.

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