Is The American Dream Still Alive

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In the early 1930’s a family of three proudly stand in front of their new house with lush green grass, a white picket fence, and the American flag hung by their porch. The father’s smile is ever so radiant after rigorously working to get where they are. The mother affectionately holds her baby with a look of satisfaction. This is an example of what the American Dream looked like in the early 1900’s. The American Dream is defined by being able to accomplish prosperous goals through hard work and effort. It also focused on not only money, but family values, aspirations, and freedom. The American Dream brought hope to those who wanted a better life. Is the American Dream still alive today? Unfortunately, the American Dream is not alive anymore…show more content…
The American Dream was built on family; parents who sacrificed everything for their beloved children. Millions of immigrants all over the world gave up their home, language, and culture to settle in America, thinking about the bright future of their children. The strong relationship of families gave parents determination to keep working harder and achieving greater heights so that their family can live comfortably. The father would leave everyday in the morning for work with his suit and tie waving bye to his wife while she stays at home all day caring for their children and doing housework. Today, this is not seen very often anymore. According to American Psychological Association, 40 to 50 percent of marriages in America end in divorce. There are many broken families with lost morals. As stated by “DailyMail”, “1 in 3 children in the U.S. live without their father as number of two-parent households fall by 1.2m in ten years.” Children that live without a father are greatly affected. According to the “Fragile Family Study”, children who were born to single mothers show higher levels of aggression in comparison to married mothers. Not only have family values disintegrated, but people’s value for protection and independence is decreasing. The American dream was someone being able to fight for themselves and be independent. The government’s purpose was to protect the people’s rights. But today, the…show more content…
According to “DoSomething”, 1.5 million students drop out of high school a year. That’s 7,000 students a day! Also, around 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate high school on time. The students that do take the opportunity to excel in free public education have to stress out about colleges, checking the requirements of the college, the tuition, taking out student loans or applying for scholarships, etc. According to “usnews”, the average student loan is $28,000. It usually takes an average bachelor degree holder to pay off the loan in 20 years. n 20 years they also have additional things to pay off such as house mortgages, car loans, etc… A survey was taken 49% of the former college students reconsider attending or completing college because of the impact of student loan debt. Even though America is a place full of wonderful educational opportunities, the truth is that not all students take advantage of it. Even if they do, when they take higher education the average student ends up drowning in
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