Prep for 26Sept class of Academic Conversations

Do you think America is the greatest country in the world?

Watch the clip from the HBO show the Newsroom below, then read the Forbes article in support of the US. Do you think America is the greatest country in the world? What is your experience and opinion as a teenager living in the US (on education, job outlook, US/World politics you’ve studied)? How do people around you (your parents, friends…) feel about the US? What would you like to improve in this country? What do you appreciate? Have you traveled or lived in other countries? How do you think people in other countries view the US? Have you ever thought of living in another country? Why or why not?

It’s ok if you don’t know much about politics, you can think about your personal experience living here and ask others their opinion too or do some internet research to solidify your view. You can also bring other video clips or articles to share if you would like .

Watch and read the following info before next class:

Newsroom clip

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BJWKccHQFOA

(Warning there are some f bombs dropped)

Forbes article

http://www.forbes.com/sites/garyshapiro/2012/07/25/is-america-the-greatest-country-in-the-world/

More things to think about before class:
Ask your family if they know how you originally ended up in the US (was it distant ancestors, or something more recent, why did the first immigrants come here, what were their hopes and dreams?).

Also think about the American dream as defined by Wikipedia:

The American Dream is a national character of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. In the definition of the American Dream byJames Truslow Adams in 1931, “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.[1]

The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”[2]

Do you think the American dream is attainable for everyone in the US…rich, poor, different ethnicities….

Remember we will keep the same relaxed, fun, format: just casually conversing on the couch and building on each other’s ideas. It’s ok if you don’t have an opinion on one particular point, or have another direction you want to take the conversation that still relates to the topic: Do you think America is the best country in the world? Just keep the deep pondering, free thinking and ideas coming

Meeting dates for Fall Semester 2014

Fridays @ 1:30, our house:

Sept 26
Oct. 10
Oct. 24
Nov. 14
Dec. 12 (no class Nov. 28 for thanksgiving break)

 

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