Compare & Contrast The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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1950s: Religion is an integral part of many classrooms. Bible readings and regular lessons about religious topics are included in course plans.

Today: The separation of Church and State is rigorously upheld and children do not study religious texts; prayer in schools becomes a burning issue, and there is growing pressure from religious factions to have educators teach creationism to counterbalance lessons in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

1950s: Only about 58% of students finish high school, but jobs are so plentiful that employment rates remain high. Employer loyalty is the norm, and employees often remain with one company until they retire.

Today: Most employers that offer jobs with living-wage incomes require employees to have college degrees, even for low-level positions. Routine layoffs and downsizing largely eliminate company loyalty, and it becomes common for workers to switch Jobs and even careers.

1950s: Classroom curricula focus on basic skills...

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