Inequality in American Education: A Contradiction to Actual Freedom

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Equality, America is driven by this one simple word, but how much of America is actually equal to all citizens. If we were to walk into the nearest school, not all of the students have the same equal education that was proposed by Thomas Jefferson centuries ago. The states themselves allow free and equal education; however, through family income, race, and gender we can see that not much has changed from 1776 to 2013. Yes, of course African Americans, women, and minorities can all go to school, but cultural economic backgrounds handicap students from gaining a truly equal education. Throughout Sabrina Tavernise’s article The Education Gap Grows Between the Rich and Poor, she explains that the economic gap between high and low income families is affecting their children as students. Authors like Samuel Bowles and Herbert Ginits argue in Schooling in Capitalist America- Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life, that family income and economics plays an important role on the ability of students to succeed in schools. Although family income produces inequality in schools, race and gender roles that are portrayed in Peggy Orenstein’s Schoolgirls and Signithia Fordham and John Ogbu’s Black Students’ School Success Coping with the” Burden of action White” also contribute to the inequality in schools. Authors like Sabrina, Samuel Bowles, and Herbert Ginits all give great detail that family icome plays an enormous role on inequality in education, but we must also look to authors like Orenstein, Fordham, and Ogbu because they also explain how other conflicts can cause inequality in schools. Tavernise sheds light on the most important question in our society today. Does family income affect our students’ ... ... middle of paper ... ... women and blacks, schools do not give equal right to these students because of cultural divides. Women and blacks are seen as second to the classic white males, therefore in schools teachers tend to slack off these students. Minorities are seen as the blue-collar pour workers, therefore society gives them a belief that they will never come out of their economic troubles. Inequality in schools starts with inequality in society. Someone who is preferably white and resides in the middle class will most likely do well in school. A black female or male most likely will not succeed because of the environment they are surrounded by. A student has trouble succeeding by living in a neighborhood that is economically incompetent to move forward. The only way to make school somewhat equal to all races and genders is to teach them all on the same level.

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