This is the overview of my "American Creed" and how my community and family has influenced me path over the years.

The "American Creed" that I grew up with was composed of many different values. Some of these values deal with being good mannered and being helpful, but there were also some religious morals tossed in there as well. All of these values and morals came from both sides of my family. Our rituals mainly consist of that of a nuclear family. For example, we listen to church every Sunday and we celebrate most traditional holidays. When watching the film American Creed, I saw one story that resonated with me, which was the story with the conservative rancher, Mark Meckler, and the liberal city-goer, Joan Blades. The reason why I like this story was because it showed that people can find common ground when debating politics. This is rare nowadays as many people aren't really moderates when it comes to their political views. Instead they are either on the left or the right. This story shows that people can find bipartisanship even though they have the opposite points of view.

Overall, the values I have learned in my life and community can help me in the long run because I want to pursue a job of some sort in social work or law enforcement. These values would definitely be a help to me in these career areas. For instance, if I want to become a police officer, I would need to have good social skills as well as be able to see people’s opposite points of view. To conclude, I believe that the values and stories of my community can be better put to use in the future to help countries understand what it means to be part of a creed. We can share these stories by telling them in our local churches, schools, and other public places.




Elizabethtown Area High School 11th Grade Government & Economics (Elizabethtown Area High School)

An end-of-semester project that challenges students to really think about what it means to be an "American"

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