Success. Society tends to correlate “success” with the obtainment of a higher education. But what leads to a higher education? What many are reluctant to admit is that the American dream has fallen. Class division has become nearly impossible to repair. From educations such as Stanford, Harvard, and UCLA to vocational, adult programs, and community, pertaining to one education solely relies on one’s social class. Social class surreptitiously defines your “success”, the hidden curriculum of what your socioeconomic education teaches you to stay with in that social class. The education system has heavily relied on students socioeconomic factors to dictate their education style ultimately preparing them for skills necessary to fit in their social class. The American dream is dead, it is no longer to strive and work hard to become successful, rather as Bambara shows it, work hard to barely survive day to day. Bambara portrays this division by the inference that the characters have little to no knowledge or respect for a higher education or for a matter of factor a education at all. Silvia, the main character, features all three minority factors, low income and an African American female. Moreover, the expectancy of success is nevertheless little to nothing greater than her parents. Due to her socioeconomic background, higher education is viewed as a joke, referred to a “goddamn college degree” (254). Silvia is then subjected to live a lifestyle common to her parents, to not strive to be able to buy a toy boat for a thousand dollars, but to frown upon the possibility. As described by Rose, in his vocational track, students were constantly yelled at, for example the P.E teacher, in some cases it relates to the lesson that the syst... ... middle of paper ... ...oped by the system that keeps them within the cycle. Society is the wall that blocks one to success, but it is their own shadow of fear and normalcy that ultimately covers the opportunity. Works Cited Anyon, Jean. “From Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work.” Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. Eds. Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2013. 163-179. Print. Bambara, Toni. “The Lesson.” Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. Eds. Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2013. 253-260. Print. Rose, Mike. “I Just Wanna Be Average.” Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing. Eds. Gary Colombo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martins, 2013. 151-163. Print.
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Recently, the recession has increased the wealth gap resulting in the rich getting richer and the poor to get poorer. This is an important issue facing society. As the poor and the middle class struggle for financial stability and wealth the top 1% of the rich continue to grow their assets. What is the reality of this issue? Is society’s perception of this issue accurate? How does one’s socioeconomic status influence success? There are many perspectives to this provocative topic and can vary when looking at them through an economical or a political lens. Often times, the wealthy are privileged with an unfair advantage over the poor.
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In order to establish a PHILOSOPHY ON TEACHING, a sequence of events happen in history to open a doorway to “Society about Education and Schooling”, as the description of Public Education Goals for Our Educational System came from the ideas of two famous men, Horace Mann and Thomas Jefferson.
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Education provides an individual with the necessary skills to progress in life. But socioeconomic factors such as race, gender and ethnicity can influence the quality and the availability of education as well as the ability of education to improve life. Therefore it is important to have a clear understanding of what affects one’s educational attainment.
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Social class has always had an effect on different aspects of people’s lives. However one effect that has recently come to light is social class’s affect on education. Social class is no longer just a harmless label for many; it affects the education of many students around the United States. Anyon’s Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work, Mantsios’ Class in America, and Kozol’s Still Separate, Still Unequal all touch on the topic of how social class effects education in public schools in the past and present. All three authors bring something important to an analysis of the relationship and so taking from each author helps best describe how the American public school system fails to give students of the lower class equal opportunities
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