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Having a dream

My American teaching assistant covered the topic “American Dream“ in today’s class.
She prepared a lesson that kept the students’ attention and made them open up about their dreams and wishes in a way they would have never done with me! Awesome! Points to her 🙂

It was furthermore interesting to see a documentary of different people’s reactions in the US( as covered by a news channel) when they were asked how they defined the American dream, their American dream.

It struck me then and there when I listened to a range of answers, how much this concept or phrase has changed from the time of the immigrants fleeing poverty, war, famine,… and dreaming of a better life in the USA, to today, at least in some areas of this planet.
How hard some find it to define what they truly wish for. How it is clear to many people they actually do not dream of being rich and famous, but of what might be called “simple“ things.
Someone to love and have a family with, a place to belong, money to give the kids a good education, the freedom to choose your life. Whatever that life may consist of then…

One man expressed it well and strikingly direct. To him, the American dream means having choices.

I don’t believe this is an only-American concept. To dream of having choices.

It makes me wonder how I as a teacher can better make young people see the variety of choices they do have.. but this is for another blog. 😉

Author: carasmelody

daydreamer, hopelessly hopeful, I love the power of words, I love poems, words are soulfood

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