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In this essay I am going to evaluate the different sources to find the causes of inequalities. There are many resources available including academic research papers, government statistics and autobiographies. Media sources can also be a valuable source showing how issues of inequalities are represented and how these shape how the wider society thinks. Within each source, I will be discussing how information regarding educational inequalities can be extracted with a few examples. However, I will be looking at the causes of inequalities, such as gender, school, ethnicity, race, wealth and income, social class and place of residence. Other aspects of this subject that have recently been front-page news have been that of women’s pay and education, gross inequalities in income distribution and the multiple discriminations created by the divided structures of the education system. I am interested in this specific area because of personal involvement as a pupil in a challenging secondary school in West London and as a young woman coming from a particular cultural and ethnic background and community. I am therefore interested in how inequalities are either challenged or re-inforced through the education system. Inequality is the unequal distribution of opportunities, rewards, and power among and between individuals, households, and groups is a defining feature of all unknown societies. Social inequality is characterized by the existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social positions or statuses within a group or society. It contains structured and recurrent patterns of unequal distributions of goods, wealth, opportunities, rewards, and punishments Things that happen within the education system can bring about inequa... ... middle of paper ... ...for them to be taught and learn effectively. This causes a lot of problems in the education system . As Steve Bartlett “Introduction to Education Studies” said “As time goes on the difference between groups of pupils may be seen to widen and this is due to the increasing effects of being taught differently” (2012, Chapter 10 page 259) For example, different teachers, with different expectations and being given different opportunities through the education system. When the students are put into different groups, they are being given a different value, depending on whether they are in a top, middle or bottom group. Diana Burton said “Being placed in high or low set is likely to be a very different experience for the individual pupil in terms of the enthusiasm and behaviour of their peers in the group” (Introduction to Education studies 2012, chapter 10, page 260)

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