The Impact of Social Class on Education

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At certain point in our life, we go to school to learn. We do not know why, but people tell us it is necessary and useful in our life. When we were young, whatever someone said, we would follow. We would sit in a classroom and listen to the teacher’s lecture for a few hours before a short break. Then we would do the same thing again until school was over, and go home. Some might hate it, but school is one of the most important aspects of life. In Jean Anyon’s article, “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work,” students attend one of the five types of schools which are the two working, middle, professional, and elite class schools. Each of the five schools teaches their students differently. I attended a middle class school and Anyon described middle class schools as schools with students learning right from their books and involved no creativity (5). With no creativity, middle class schools involves memorizing. In the article, “The “Banking” Concept of Education”, Paulo Freire describes the brain as a storage device. Teachers know everything so they deposit their knowledge into a student’s brain. Once deposited, students are expected to memorize that information for future references such as preparing for a test (1). In my economic class at a middle class in high school, we were taught by the “banking” approach, which might be perfect at first, but in reality, it does not help us learn. Throughout my four years in high school, we were thought using the banking approach. During my last semester of senior year, I took an economic course that took no work to pass. Our teacher, Mr. Adkins, would tell the students, “This is what we’re going to do in class today….” He listed the topics out, and it would be the same every day. ... ... middle of paper ... ...g education affects students by not preparing them for what is to come in the future. What can we do? We have to store the information that was deposited in our brain and question it. Why do I have to learn this? Can this information help me become successful in life? What happens if the information I am told is false? These questions will help one to be more careful when approaching the “banking” method again. I certainly do not want to fall into this again as I fail to see reality. To see the reality, I must apply myself to learn the problem-prosing approach where both teachers and students learn from each other (Friere 11). When students and teachers work together, both will be learning and aware of their development in understanding reality. Their knowledge and creativity will be limitless and they will have no problem living their life on this world of mystery.
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