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1  The American Dream American Problems Unit 1

2 Short Writing Assignment Finish these sentences… America owes me _________ because ____________. I owe America _____________ because___________. America was built on ________________________. The American Dream is ________________________.

3 What is the American Dream?  American’s hope for a better quality of life and a higher standard of living than their parents’  Some consider the American dream to be having two children and living in a perfect house with financial security.  The concept widely held in the United States of America, that through hard work, courage and determination one can achieve prosperity  american-dream.html american-dream.html  Has the Dream Changed over time?  Do people still believe in the American Dream?  n_dream_is_dead.html n_dream_is_dead.html

4 New American Dream Study  Study found while 27.9% of respondents see the American Dream as retiring at 65 and 18.2% see it as owning a home, 23% view the American Dream as being debt-free.  At the height of the boom, USA Today published a poll in which 81% of young adults said getting rich was their top priority (and 51% gave the same priority to becoming famous)USA Today  When asked what financial goals are most important to respondents right now, being free of debt/credit card debt was at the top (33.4% of responses)

5 American Dream Political Cartoon

6 Writing Assignment In your opinion, is the American Dream still possible for everyone in the United States? Why? I believe the American Dream is…

7  American Dream Songs

8 Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen Glory Days 1. Is this a positive or a negative song? Why? 2. In the song Springsteen mentions two friends. One was a baseball player and one was a “head turner” back in high school. Neither of them seems to be living the American Dream. Why Not? 3. What are some of the factors that could inhibit you from achieving your American Dream?

9 The River- Bruce Springsteen The River 1.What does he mean when he says “when you’re young they bring you up like your daddy done.”? 2. What happened when he got Mary pregnant? 3. What does he mean when he says “Is a dream a lie if it don't come true or is it something worse?” 4. Compare and contrast the two Springsteen songs.

10 American Dream- MKTO 1. What do they think about the American Dream? Prove it. 2. Is this a positive or negative song about the American dream? How is their American Dream different from Springsteen’s? 3. Explain the words “I don’t want a job I just want a life”.

11 Eminem- Lose Yourself   Does he believe he will reach his dream?  What would he say about a normal “American Dream” life?  Does this song’s theme have more in common with Bruce Springsteen or Simon and Garfunkel? Why? The Clean Version!


13 Generational researchGenerational research –How the particular period in which you matured influences your beliefs, values, assumptions Developmental researchDevelopmental research –What the effects of growing up within particular socio-cultural contexts on psychological, intellectual, and social characteristics Approaches to understanding generational differences

14 Demographic research techniquesDemographic research techniques Core valuesCore values Seminal (defining) eventsSeminal (defining) events Cultural artifactsCultural artifacts HeroesHeroes Generational research – some analytic devices

15 G.I. Generation 1901-1924 ( AKA The Greatest Generation) Grew up with largest ever increase in schoolingGrew up with largest ever increase in schooling Lived through depressionLived through depression Fought WWIIFought WWII Started flight to suburbsStarted flight to suburbs






21 What are the Core Values of the GI Generation  Humility  Hard Work  Sacrifice  Conformity  Trust  Courage  Frugality  Duty  Discipline  Patience  Loyalty

22 The GI Generation (Greatest Generation)  news/52009951#52009951 news/52009951#52009951


24 Practice Cartoon Analysis

25 Cartoon Analysis

26 Silent Generation 1925-1942 grew up with war and depressed economygrew up with war and depressed economy too young to fight in WWIItoo young to fight in WWII witnessed US assent to world powerwitnessed US assent to world power


28 Core Values- Silents Keepers of the grailKeepers of the grail Dedication/sacrificeDedication/sacrifice Hard workHard work ConformityConformity Law and orderLaw and order HonorHonor Respect for AuthorityRespect for Authority PatiencePatience Delayed rewardDelayed reward Duty before pleasureDuty before pleasure Adherence to rulesAdherence to rules

29 Contributions of the Silent Generation  Relatively small in comparison  Fought in Korean War  Leading Artists  Came of age in the 1950’s  CIVIL RIGHTS!



32 Boomer Generation 1943-1964 Grew up with the most idyllic images of American family life (Leave it to Beaver)Grew up with the most idyllic images of American family life (Leave it to Beaver) Created counterculture era of free loveCreated counterculture era of free love Witness's to urban riots and campus unrestWitness's to urban riots and campus unrest


34 Core Values-Boomers OptimismOptimism Team orientationTeam orientation Personal gratificationPersonal gratification Health and wellnessHealth and wellness Personal growthPersonal growth YouthYouth WorkWork InvolvementInvolvement




38 Baby Boomers Start to Retire  Will potentially cause a major issue when they all retire  Baby Boomers Baby Boomers

39 Generation X 1964-1981 “It’s no wonder Xers are angst-ridden and rudderless. They feel America’s greatness has passed. They got to the cocktail party twenty minutes too late, and all that is left are those little wieners and a half-empty bottle of Zima” From: Dennis Miller, Rants

40 Generation X 1964-1981 Grew up with increase in divorce rates and single parent families Witness to AIDS epidemic Skyrocketing youth crime, latchkeys and unsupervised afternoons Labeled “SLACKERS”

41 What are Latchkey kids?  Kids who came home from school and there were no parents to supervise  Increase in both parents working contributed  Potential for children to become lonely or fearful  Also caused self-reliance

42 Entered the job market when there were no jobs Highest Percentage of Volunteer Work Prefer free agency to corporate loyalty Started grunge movement (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, ect.) as well as hip hop Cynical Xers would rather volunteer than vote Famous Xers (Michael Jordan Mia Hamm, Tiger Woods) Generation X Continued






48 Millennials or Generation Y  Technologically Literate  Disrespectful?  Very aware of the world  Influenced by 9/11  High (Unreasonable) expectations  Connected to friends in new ways  Think people care about their ideas (Twitter/Status Updates)  Diverse

49 Millennials Cont.  Less Religious  One-in-four are unaffiliated with any religion, far more than the share of older adults when they were ages 18 to 29.  Less likely to join the military  2% of males-are military veterans. At a comparable stage of their life cycle, 6% of Gen Xer men, 13% of Baby Boomer men and 24% of Silent men were veterans.  Expected to become the most educated generation in American history  Among 18 to 24 year olds a record share — 39.6% — was enrolled in college as of 2008

50 A few stats

51 Changing Demographics

52 In defense of Millennials  Millennials: We suck and were sorry Millennials: We suck and were sorry

53  FRIDAY READING Why Are the Millennials So Unhappy?

54  How To Properly Cite Your Sources

55 Why does this matter?  It is unethical to attempt to pass off someone else’s ideas as your own  College Expectations  You can be expelled!  It is not really all that hard.

56 How to do it?  So you found a picture you want to use  Congrats  Feel free to print it off  Make sure you grab the FULL URL of the picture you are going to use  This will be typed up and put at the bottom of the picture.  Go to and choose digital image or photograph and fill out what you know!

57 How do I cite my description?  You must rewrite any information you find in your own words and still cite your sources at the end of the paragraph.  Example: Elie Wiesel is a Romanian born writer who is well known for writing the book Night in 1958. He is a survivor of the Holocaust where he spent nearly an entire year in Auschwitz concentration camp. He continues to give lectures describing the horrors of the Holocaust and continues to make sure that people all over the world remember the evil carried out by the Nazi regime. (Encyclopedia Britannica Online) Then I include the full citation in my works cited.

58 Where should I find this info?  The internet  Wikipedia is not a source  It is a fantastic starting point  Look for the citations at the bottom  The Arrowhead Library Databases  ABC-CLIO Database  History stuff!  Actual Books!  They really do have good stuff in them  Check the Library


60  EDUCATION A study of issues facing American Schools

61  What are some issues facing American Schools?

62 History of Education in the United States  1647 Puritan colonies in Massachusetts decree that any town with more that 50 people must have an elementary school.  1820: First Public High School in US opens in Boston  1896: Plessy vs. Ferguson creates legal basis for segregated schools. “Separate but Equal”  1918: Every state requires children to complete Elementary School  1954: Brown v Board of Education desegregates schools  Brown v. Board Brown v. Board

63 Education cont.  1957: Arkansas Governor uses National Guard to keep African American students from formally white high school. President Eisenhower calls in US Army to enforce Brown v. Board Decision  Little Rock 9 Little Rock 9



66 Statistics on Violence in School. (  In a 2011 nationally representative sample of youth in grades 9-12:  12% reported being in a physical fight on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey.  16% of male students and 7.8% of female students reported being in a physical fight on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey.  5.9% did not go to school on one or more days in the 30 days preceding the survey because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.  5.4% reported carrying a weapon (gun, knife or club) on school property on one or more days in the 30 days preceding the survey.

67 Bullying  In a 2011 nationally-representative sample of youth in grades 9-12:  20.1% reported being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey; the prevalence was higher among females (22.0%) than males (18.2%).  16.2% reported being bullied electronically (email, chat room, website, texting) in the 12 months preceding the survey; the prevalence was higher among females (22.1%) than males (10.8%).

68 Bullying cont.  In Wisconsin, school districts must have anti-bullying plans created with clear consequences for students who are bullying.  In the City of Monona, parents can be fined if their child is repeatedly bullying.  In New Jersey, schools must report incidents of bullying and have a trained anti-bullying staff member at every school.

69 Mass Shootings  Columbine High School Shooting  13 people are shot and killed  Virginia Tech  32 people are killed in mass shooting on campus  Newtown Connecticut Elementary School  26 are killed at the school  20 of which are first graders

70 How does the US compare in Student Achievement  The Education Olympics The Education Olympics  In an international test, American students ranked 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading.  The United States is falling behind, especially in Math. segment-one-from-full-episode/7/

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