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Cinnamon Carter

Have American Youth Lost Their Work Ethic?

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Each wave of immigrants that comes to America comes with the hope of making a better life for themselves and their families.  They come knowing it will be difficult and that they will face hardships.  However, they are willing to work long hours and carry two, perhaps three different jobs to fulfill their dreams.


I have encountered, during my time in the US, bias, discrimination, and injustice.  However, I have also experienced generosity, unconditional acceptance, and legal assistance.  America is a country with many governmental programs, state and federal, to aide and assist those in need.  Perhaps the youth of America, feeling secure with programs they can fall back on, have lost their drive and work ethic.  These programs did not always exist which is perhaps why the parents and grandparents of today’s youth understood the importance of a good work ethic.  Many were also part of the waves of immigrants that came to this country.  Many parents wanted to spare their children what they experienced.  Maybe the youth born in America were too protected from the past.  They seem to expect to be handed jobs to support themselves.  They don’t seem to believe in sacrifice, extended working hours, or working in conditions they may not find ideal.  They don’t seem to value the opportunity of going to school for free.  My father could not afford school in Africa even when it was 50 cents.  Have American youth been given too much?


What do you say?

Author
Cinnamon Carter



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