So what was the difference between the Faithful and the American Dreamers? Why
do social scientists feel such a need to divide people into categories?
The split between the Faithful and American Dreamers is likely due to the
scientists personal bias. To them, the Faithful are right-wing extremists while
the American Dreamers are those people seeking gifts and a path to citizenship.
What the scientists miss is that America, and the American Dream, was built on
I cannot find myself anywhere in these categories. I would venture to say that
many other people do not totally fit into them either. They seem to come from a
very narrow viewpoint.
Interesting way of looking at families and people. I don't fit into one
category totally but probably asEngaged ProgressivesAmeriacn
DreamersFaithfulIn that orderEven though I see
Faithful as a naive compared to Engaged Progressive, and also overly dogmatic, I
have some of this in me.
"Here, she pauses, because it's hard to summarize easily all the little
differences and choices that go into how two people choose to rear their
children."take the study from the U. of Virginia to both the U.
Of U. and BYU and you will have a totally different and more complex set of
categories. I can see no reason for this narrow grouping. It makes no difference
when it comes to rearing a family because there are hundreds of situations that
come together to make a family what it is. We reared eleven children, all of
them are successful in parenting but different in economic ways. Spiritually
they are very similar because of their LDS upbringing. This study
looks like something that came out of Socialology 101 at a California State
$850,000 to determine that children share their parents' values? Seems
kind of a waste if you ask me. I could have told you that for free.We spend time and money on the things that are important to us. That includes
our children. Parents who place a high value on raising their children spend
time doing so. Naturally they will teach them the principles which they
themselves believe to be true. However, having worked with troubled
teens for several years, I can speak from experience when I say that not all
children follow the advice of their parents.
In my case, most of the times, I wake up as an AMERICAN DREAMER, and quickly
morphed into an ENGAGED PROGRESSIVE before lunch break, becoming totally
DETACHED by 5:00 PM, and at night pray in FAITH for Heavenly intervention just
so I can see my kids grow up to be loving human beings.And everyday,
I strive and hope for the best: for myself, my wife, my kids, neighbors, and
everyone else in my life.That's the culture at my house.