of the private goal of education feature. Summarily, majoring on the private goals of education
will improve the human capital which is hugely influential in the market economy.
The Role of Schools and Education in the Socialization of Students and Citizens
Americans have bequeathed all their hopes in education concerning the expression of
their ideas and solving their life problems. In one of his articles, Labaree states that “We want
schools to provide us with good citizens and productive workers... (2)”. Here, the author brings
forth some of the roles of schools and education in the socialization of the students and citizens.
American citizens expect schools to mold good citizens who can be of value to the society.
Hence, they decide to impose the social missions to schools, which, unfortunately, leads to the
inevitable fall of the school system. Similarly, according to Westheimer, schools served as a
place of teaching children on how to connect between the knowledge they learn in class and their
overall contribution to the social lives in the communities (4). Therefore, these articles depict
that schools and education play a significant role in the socialization of the students and citizens.
Relationship between Education and the American Dream
The American dream states that all individuals living in the United States should enjoy a
reasonable chance to achieve success in their understanding through their efforts and resources
(Hochschild 36). Although this dream sounds to be a brilliant ideological invention, the
realization of the dream as far as American education is concerned has become considerably less
impressive. As stated earlier, most schools in the United States of America are faced with the
dilemma of the conflicting interests on individual success and collective good of the nation or the
society. These conflicts have shaped the American education. Since the American dream is
hugely based on mutual values, which entails, the provision of equal opportunity, respect for the