My American Nightmare Essay

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My American Nightmare

Many people today talk of their American Dreams…how much they want to fulfill a fantasy of houses, wives, cars, and jobs that pay well. To me, becoming the same as everyone else…fulfilling the dream of a life that I don’t want is in truth not a dream, but a horrible nightmare which my education has tried to direct me towards, and that I have fought at every turn.

Anyone can live the life of another person. It’s quite simple to just copy others desires and dreams, to seek that which they seek. To this extent, many
Americans base their lives on things like pop culture. We bring up these “model”
Americans that everyone should strive to be, usually in the form of singers and movie stars. To live this
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The idea being the tasks is not what is accomplish by completing them, but to simply make us expect, or even want, to complete them. Free thought in this environment is strongly discouraged, as shown in “Social Class” by Anyon, when a girl in the working class school attempts to suggest a faster way to finish a problem in math.
She is scorned and told that she is wrong for trying to do things differently
(Anyon 178). It isn’t just “working class” schools that suffer from this anymore.
Practically all elementary schools, save private schools, are designed around the idea of creating easily manipulated minds. A parallel that occurs at the same point in time is the idea of religious schooling, where students are force-fed beliefs and faith. Organized religion makes people easy to control, and easy to influence. All of this prepares the students to be shaped later, and to later be given the illusion of free will.

This illusion appears later, in the environment of the high school system.
The most remarkable part of this illusion is that most students perceive the school as not wanting them to have it! We are consumed by personal revolution, fighting against an institution to have free will, but in reality we only fight for a false will. We have exactly as much free will as the system will allow us to have. This embraces the American Nightmare, as it allows