The Myth of Education in the U.S.


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English 1
31 March 2011
The Myth of Education in the U.S.
Education in the U.S. is not adminstered equally. A fallacy of the American Dream is the argument that all Americans are somehow "'created equal' and that the path to achievement lies through individual effort and hard work, not blind luck or birth" (Colombo, Cullen, and Lisle 111). Minorities, people from lower economic strata, and those who happen to live in rural areas may all fall between the cracks of a system which is purported to be egalitarian but in reality simply serves those who are in the most privileged positions of capitalizing on its benefits. From the early days of the post-colonial nation, education has...
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.....reasing his vocabulary. In one instance after a productive cognitive session the night before, he stated the following: "I woke up the next morning, thinking about those words - immensely proud to realize that not only had I written so much at one time, but I'd written words that I never knew were in the world" (Colombo, Cullen, and Lisle
211). He eventually came to realize that the relatively lower education levels of African Americans were a direct result of a system which was not only unequal, but was institutionally designed to maintain this system of imbalance.
Works Cited
Colombo, Gary, Cullen, Robert, and Bonnie Lisle. Rereading
America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. Print.