Chasing The American Dream: Our Students and the Future Direction of this Country

EDZU 9823 (3 credits / 45 hours)

Location: Online
Instructor: Richard Acritelli

Start Date: 05/20/2020
End Date: 06/23/2020

Course Syllabus

Since the end of World War II, the United States has been a Super Power that has always been a leader in economic, social, political, military, and educational affairs. For years, this country has been the home to the finest universities that have been the center of multiple types of innovation. But, since the start of this new century, America has fallen behind other nations within many of these attributes that made America succeed at every type of endeavor. On a daily basis, our people are reminded of debt, warfare, a lack of productivity, and the educational emergence of foreign students. As we teach the students of today, how do we achieve educational parity with nations around the world? What are the concerns that we see in this nation over the ability of our students to succeed in the global economy? Are our schools and the local and national government doing enough to ensure that our students have the very best tools to ensure the continued success for all of our students within every grade and content area? All students will analyze insightful readings, videos, movies, statistics and findings to bring this vital course that will shed light on the demands of our teachers and students. These assignments will continually foster the importance of this class to shed the vital light of the challenges that will surely face our current and future students in attaining the American dream.



Teachers enrolled in this course will...


  1. The concerns of students, parents, and guardians over the costs of college and how this could impact the future of our youngest adults in attaining a higher level education
  2. Immigration issues that have created division within the political parties and our citizens
  3. The impact of our federal deficit and how this debt could hurt the future growth of this nation and how it could impact present and future generations
  4. The direction of the American educational system as we are competing with a global economy
  5. The current and historic problems that our government leaders have tried to solve at home and abroad and those that are expected down the road
  6. The most common college majors and how they relate towards the changing economic, social, financial, political and military needs of our nation


  1. How the economic and social programs such as education, social security and Medicare are always under the constant threats of government spending reductions
  2. The strength of parent and educational organizations that work collaboratively towards the common goal of educating our students for the challenges that they will certainly face in the future
  3. The impact of changing demographics within this country and the impact that it will hold for our future generations
  4. The changing job market and how the global economy impacts current and future students
  5. Foreign strength, discipline, and differences within education for K-12 and college students
  6. The local, state, and federal programs that are in place to help students pay for college and locate jobs

and Be Able To

  1. Determine if our nation is prepared to meet the economic, social, political and educational challenges that are presented by foreign nations. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of our government to determine the current and future needs of our citizens at home and abroad
  2. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of our government to determine the current and future needs of our citizens at home and abroad
  3. Identify the positive and negative changes that we have seen within students to continually demonstrate a strong work ethic and determination to succeed with their goals
  4. Examine strategies to continually harness the skills and abilities of our students who will surely be the backbone of our society and nation through their expected employment in teaching, the military, business, law enforcement, healthcare, fire departments, etc.
  5. Educators will strengthen their own abilities to decipher the global economy and how the United States is tied to trade, warfare, charitable efforts/the Peace Corps, and positive relations
  6. Analyze the importance of current events and how it relates to the strength, prosperity, changes, concerns, and drive of this nation.

and much, much more!

©2005 The New York Center for Teacher Development, Inc.
All Rights Reserved

Terms & Conditions
Secured By RapidSSL and Trustico NYCTD
450 Route 25A, P.O. Box 540
Setauket, NY 11733
Phone: 631-689-5300
Fax: 631-689-7566


Student Account Management

NYCTD is happy to provide students with their own place to view, edit and manage their account information with NYCTD. Here you can edit your current information, view your course registration history and reprint your receipts. New accounts are created during registration.

Student Login     

Lost your password?