The American Dream: The Value Of Education

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Society has given others the assumption that only by attending college an individual is likely to be smart. As people are influenced by this expectation, people are blinded by the reality of what it truly means to be educated. Asimov and Baker explain their ideals of what it truly means to be educated by illustrating the influences society has on individuals. To be considered smart, people believe in only those who are able to solve academic questions by scoring high on tests and put aside others who are smart in a criteria aside from being educated. Since people are expected to pursue an education, they shun others who work physical labor. Although many may agree that being intelligent requires pursuing an educational degree, the true meaning …show more content…
People are taught at a young age that the purpose of attending school will give them the benefit of becoming someone greater in life. Those individuals who immigrate to America are eager to live a life of opportunity and force their children in pursing an educational degree. The parents of these adolescents are forced to believe that the only way to succeed is by living the American Dream. The American Dream is living a life of luxury, an illusion, that others tend to expect by being well educated. Children are being taught that by having to work physical labor like their parents, is unacceptable. For society, people who have a manual labor job are labeled as not being intelligent. Isaac Asimov’s, a science fiction writer, addresses his believes in the quality of intelligence by stating, “My intelligence, then, is not absolute but is a function of society I live in and of the fact that a small subsection if that society has managed to foist itself on the rest as an arbiter of much matters”(51). Asimov questioned his intelligence by not being able to believe that being educated is not based on being academically smart, but by society developing the idea that being intelligent is doing well on a set of questions. Granted, just because a person is academically smart does not make that individual …show more content…
Being educated does not make an individual smart, since those who were given the opportunity to work with their hands and do not obtain an educational degree also acquire a sense of knowledge. Those who become successful by obtaining a degree can still lack intelligence when dealing with other criteria. Isaac Asimov illustrates his ideas of those who work physical labor can also acquire intelligence by stating, “In a world where I could not use my academic training and my verbal talents but had to do something intricate or hard, working with my hands, do would do poorly” (51). Asimov had gained the satisfying feeling that he was intelligent, but once he relied on another person to repair his car, he then realizes the distinction between intelligence and knowledge. By obtaining knowledge does not mean an individual is intelligent and being intelligent does not mean one is knowledgeable. A person who is knowledgeable is smart in a sense that they have the capability to perform well on a specific idea, whether working physical labor or being academically intelligent. To be smart is not only relied on attending school but also those people who pursue a different route other than an educational

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