Examples Of Sociological Imagination In Public School

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White Suburb Public School vs. Inner City Minority Public School The sociological imagination is when you take your experiences and see them as a whole. This allows you to look through a different point of view through others experiences. C Wright Mills defined sociological imagination as, “the vivid awareness of the relationship between experience and the wider society” (Mills 2002:3). Sociological Imagination is the ability to watch a group and see what they do socially, watching their interactions, and seeing their influence on each other. This can influence their perspectives on life and how they see things sociologically. I lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for most of my life, from when I was born until I was a freshman in high school. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that sociological imagination is the ability to see a group and see what they do socially, watching their interactions, and seeing their influence on each other.
  • Explains that they grew up in a small, mainly white, suburban town and went to the local public school.
  • Describes how they moved from pennsylvania to south carolina, where they became aware of their background and education.
  • Describes their first experience in a classroom where they observe the children and participate in the activities they were given.
  • Describes their job as an after-school counselor at a new elementary school in charleston, south carolina.

I went to high school that was much more culturally diverse than any of the schools I previously attended. This is where I became more aware of my background and education. Before I thought my other school was physically ugly, but the education was still average, or so I thought. Moving to the south, I quickly found out the education was very behind, when I came to take my test to see what classes I needed to take for my new school, I tested into the the level of a junior in high school instead of a freshman. I have never been overly smart, always making average grades and average test scores, and coming into a place where I was above average was strange. At that time, I realized how far ahead the education in the north is compared to the education in the south. The idea of education varying within states stayed in my mind, I have always been curious about why it is behind and not at the same level as the schools I attended in …show more content…

I am an after school counselor and my duties are: to help the children with their homework, engage them in the enrichment programs, and take them to recess and dinner. The school itself is brand new, it was rebuilt a few years ago. The outside of the school is pretty, but there isn’t much of a school, only two relatively small playgrounds with no swings and is mainly concrete. The classrooms are extremely bare as compared to the first grade classroom I observed, no children’s work is shown anywhere, and there are no decorations what so ever except for a poster that has a list of rules. The academics of the school is what is the main difference between the two schools I have observed. The grade I am responsible for is third-grade and working with them has expanded my perspective and let me see a different side of the education system. At least four out of the twelve children I had, were unable to read at all, and the rest of the children had a hard time processing the material. They do not know their multiplication tables, and sometimes do not even know the difference between addition and subtraction. Only two out of the twelve children I had were actually on the third grade level. Listening to the children, I found out most of their families consist of single mothers that are young and work at least two

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