two sides of the american dream
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Two Sides of the American DreamAntonio Olivo and Oscar Avila
Chicago Tribune; November 26,2006
First, let me ask:
WHAT IS THE AMERICAN DREAM TO YOU?
What is the American Dream to you?
The American Dream "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth (James Truslow Adams, 1931)
Sometimes the Dream is identified with success in sports or how working class immigrants seek to join the American way of life Has a different meaning to every U.S. citizen
Two Sides of the American Dream Two Mexican immigrants, Carlos Nieto and Fidel Cortez Started out in the same place, but careers and lives took different paths
Two Sides of the American DreamFidel Cortez Butcher 30 years later, still has not left the kitchen $30,000 salary Speaks broken English Sent 4 children to college Owns 2nd house in Mexico Carlos Nieto Busboy Learned by watching French chefs Opened Carlos Owns an award winning horse Owns a luxurious, picture-perfect log cabin
So . . .
WHO DO YOU THINK IS LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM?
Are you fulfilling your dream with your children in mind? Or more self-oriented?
Do you think your parents are living their American Dream? Did they start off their lives with you in mind?
Now . . .
DOES THE AMERICAN DREAM MEAN ANYTHING DIFFERENT TO YOU?
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2010: ABC News/Yahoo News
poll 50% : believe the American dream still holds true 43% : believe the American dream had once been true 4% : thought there was never such a dream (Gregory Rodriquez, 2010)
Respondents with high incomes tended to still
believe in the dream more than those with lower incomes College educated were bigger believers than the less educated Independent voters believe less than either Democrats or Republicans Nonwhites are more likely to believe in the dream than are whites (Gregory Rodriquez, 2010)
The idea that a familys material well-being will
only get better over time is simply not sustainable U.S. is not nearly as economically mobile Decrease in the ability of people to move up the ladder within a lifetime or from one generation to the next Decrease in the level of income inequality Diminishes the size of the middle class (Gregory Rodriquez, 2010)
As college educated students, what reasons would you
provide for supporting the American dream? Why do you think non-whites believe in the American dream over whites? Where have you seen an increase in difficulty to move up the economic ladder? Without competition in the workplace, would there be an incentive to strive? Why or why not? Aside from economic mobility, what reasons could you provide for the decline in the American Dream? (Gregory Rodriguez, 2010)
Gregory Rodriquez, G. R. (2010, September 27). The
american dream: Is it slipping away?. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/27/opinion/la-oerodriguez-dream-20100927
Avila, Oscar & Antonio Olivo (2006 November, 26). Two Sides of the American Dream. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved from http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld /chi0611260388nov26,0,4970334.story 5 year old needs a job before getting married - funny! YouTube