Presentation on theme: "Values Shared beliefs about what is good or bad, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable."— Presentation transcript:
Values Shared beliefs about what is good or bad, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable.
American Value system
Individualism Individual effort Success comes through hard work and initiative If a person does not succeed, that person is to blame Are you a hard worker?
Most Americans value work. Discipline Dedication Hard Work Are all signs of virtue Those who choose not to work are viewed as lazy or immoral. What type of work do you want to do?
Personal achievement High valued placed on successful competition Most evident in the area of employment Achievement is often measured in terms of power and wealth What is you dream job? What goals do you have for your future? Have you thought about a back up plan?
Morality Behaviors, attitudes, and attributes are categorized as right or wrong and such categories are used to guide behavior.
American Morality Founded on strong religious faith Belief in justice Equality What issue do You feel strongly About?
Efficiency and Practicality Americans tend to be practical and inventive people They believe that every problem has a solution. Problem solving involves discovering the most efficient technique when dealing with a situation Judge technology on its usefulness / people on their ability to get things done
Progress and Material Comfort Belief in the ability of science and technology to make the world a better and more comfortable place. Through hard work and determination, living standards will continue to improve Both views are important because most Americans also place a high value on material culture
Humanitarianism: What can you do to help others? Belief that we should help those who are less fortunate.
Equality and Democracy The United States was founded on the principle of human equality “We the hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” Many Americans believe that to have human equality, there must be an equality of opportunity and an equal chance of success
Equality Americans do value equal opportunity but do not necessarily believe that everyone will be equally successful. Hard work and personal achievement lead to view success as a reward that must be earned Do you think we have equality in America? Explain your answer?
Democracy Citizens have the right to express their opinion To participate freely in choosing their representatives in government.
Freedom “ Bill of Rights” ( First 10 Amendments ) Personal freedoms ( First Amendment ) Speech, religion, press, peacefully assemble, petition the government Right to bear arms ( Second Amendment ) Cruel and unusual punishment ( Eight Amendment )
What other freedoms do you feel you have in the United States of America? List and explain examples of freedoms we have here in America?