Education and the American Dream

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Education and the American Dream

By | March 2007
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The "American dream" was a term coined by James Truslow Adams in his book, "The Epics of America." It has become a familiar slogan, but each individual's perception of this abstract phrase varies and can have multiple meanings. Although, each interpretation commonly states the American dream is the hope of an ideal life of happiness and success for all who may aspire. When I think of the American dream, I think of a "rag to riches" story made possible through the different freedoms America offers, America's economic prosperity, and the opportunity for everyone to receive an education. First off, rights such as to the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition give Americans an advantage over other countries that prohibit these actions. Giving every citizen the opportunity to express their ideas and beliefs gives people the chance to rise to their potential by not allowing government or social classes to limit what jobs people are allowed to do. Furthermore, America's economic prosperity allows people who desire jobs to get them because America's capitalism creates many high paying jobs. Currently, these jobs are increasingly requiring some sort of higher education. Fortunately, America allows even the poorest individuals to receive a college degree if they want it by providing financial aid and grants to them. The United States also has a high quality of educational standards so as a whole Americans are becoming more educated. Education helps people develop original ideas and creates the possibility of having a more dignified job. In modern America, educational attainment is often the top measure of class and status, and with a college education an individual will most likely have a higher income. Achieving a more valuable status and income fulfills the basic perception of the American dream, so the impressive education offered in America is the base for the capability of accomplishing one's dream. All an individual needs is the chance to be...
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