Americans' Views on America Growing Up Essay

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America is great. Being an American is a special privilege that everyone in the world wants to have. Everyone wants to be an American, because it is the best country and has the best people in the world, right? That is what children are taught in elementary school, anyway. They are special and everyone wants to be like them. Which, truly, is an important message for a young child—they are unique in the world, and they are the best. That message, though, changes as Americans grow up and realize their real role in the world and how the rest of it views their country, especially because we live in a world of globalization. As young children, Americans are taught that their country is exclusive, and people from all over the world want to move there and create a “better life for themselves.” America is the epitome of the new age, and everywhere else is primitive and substandard, except maybe Western Europe. As Bharati Mukherjee states in her essay American Dreamer, “the Lake County School Board announced its policy (since overturned) requiring middle school teachers to instruct their students that American culture, by which the board meant European-American culture, is inherently ‘superior to other foreign or historic cultures.’” I’m sure multiple other school districts follow the same policy, whether formal or informal. From the time children are old enough to understand the concept of countries and nationalities, they are taught that “white” and “male” and “American” are better than “people of color” and “foreign.” For example, men such as Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and the Founding Fathers are viewed as great people who did only good all their lives, but we are not taught about the terrible things they did. It is excluded from the curriculum that Christopher Columbus committed mass genocide, that George Washington owned slaves and was better at running

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