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Education & The American Dream

Feb 18, 2008
Throughout our history, we have glorified the American Dream. We tell the stories, often the stories of our own families, of people who gave up everything precious to them, so that their children might live a better life. These families suffer poverty, privation, work at dangerous jobs, live in dangerous neighborhoods, give up all luxuries, so that their children might have better.

And the unifying thread, the theme that binds all of these stories, is the same goal: education.

There are those who say the cornerstone of America is the Constitution, our laws, our government. I disagree.

As important as these things are they are not our country; they are simply the guardians. This country, is a country of, by, and for the people. And the people who strive for more, who sacrifice and risk all they have, and all they are, to move the next generation forward ARE America. Because as they build and enrich their lives, so America is built and enriched. It is an irony: the poor Nigerian mother working in a sweat shop, to provide the most meager food, clothing and shelter so that her children might have a better chance, is every bit as American as Washington, Jefferson, or Adams. She isn't following the American Dream; that Dream is HER.

So, how can it be that sacrificing to provide and education for your children is the American Dream for individuals and their families, but it is not our collective dream? How can it be that while anyone and everyone we admire struggle to provide an education for their children, and often for all children... but that collective Dream is not realized at the level of our own government, the one we elect, the one we pay for?

We sacrifice for our children, we sacrifice for their education; and yet, somehow, education and our children are always the last thing considered, and the first thing cut?

Simple. We haven't put our foot down. We haven't insisted on better.

We stand idly by, while lobbyists, and businesses, and bureaucracies, and the Generals, all get what they want, first. We are to blame. We haven't made it perfectly clear that the kids and our schools are the American Dream. And therefore, they must be the American priority.

All of us must speak up, and dictate to our government, in no uncertain terms. Children and education are the American Dream, and our government must care for them first.
About the Author
Joseph N. Abraham MD is founder of The Acadiana Educational Endowment and booksXYZ.com, the Nonprofit Bookstore sending all proceeds to Education. booksXYZ.com lists over 2,000,000 paperbacks, hardbacks, and audio books. Dr. Abraham has written the book Happiness: A Physician/Biologist Looks at Life, an engaging self help book.
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