Sometime in the past decade or two US schools were infected with a “you can do what you dream” meme.
This made some sense for cohorts oppressed by poverty and racism. It makes less sense for privileged whites where employment is constrained more by native abilities than environmental constraints. It makes no sense at all for the special needs cognitively disabled population. In fact, it’s malignant.
Throughout his school life #1’s IEP’s featured his “dream job”. Often this was K-9 training officer. A job he did not have a snowball in hell chance of getting. My childhood dream job was to be an astronaut — that was way more feasible, at least before the Challenger disaster.
The reality for kids like #1, particularly given the current American fad for mainstreamed and relatively unsupported employment, is that he’ll either be unemployed or do boring and unpleasant work cleaning, serving food, or, ideally, working in a (non-Amazon) warehouse. The “Do what you dream” scam just makes reality more disappointing.
This isn’t so different, of course, from what work is like for the majority of Americans. I wonder how much alleged millennial work unhappiness has to do with the You can Dream meme.