What it means to be an American.

Equal opportunity and education unite us as Americans. We may have different backgrounds and values. We all have the chance to show what it is we offer and stand for. Other people think that America is divided because of our differences in race, religion, wealth, and creed. But, in fact, this is what strengthens our country. Knowing each other’s history brings us closer to each other.

According to Deidre Prevett, a cast member on the film American Creed and an elementary principal, “Education is the key to success.” The problem is that people don’t always push themselves to work hard. Compared to many other places in the world, the United States gives you opportunities for education that last all the way through the 12th grade. This education is free to the public. There are people who take this for granted and do not finish school to get a diploma. This is a problem because, if you are given access to free education, you should appreciate it. It helps you grow as a person and shows others that you can finish a task that is given to you.

Condoleezza Rice, a political scientist and the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, said that the U.S. is “[a] country where access to education can change everything.” This short statement is powerful and it helps you have an understanding of the importance that education has on America. This allows us to better ourselves and accomplish our dreams.

Diversity is welcome in America. There are many different opportunities to those who come to America to better their lives, these things that some may think weaken our country, show that we are all equal to one another. No matter how long you have lived in the United States, your ancestors were once immigrants that traveled here for a better life and education is important to all of that because it is the foundation of good citizenship.




Columbus High School American Creed - Continuing the Conversation

This group consists of student responses to the American Creed documentary from PBS and Citizen Film.

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