This paper explores the binaries of education in Australia. It delves into socioeconomics which mainly focuses on the norms, monetary value, and cultural capital of the two. Education in Australia is made up of two binary ideas of public and private. This is mainly divided and maintained by socioeconomics; class, money and power within the stratification system. Collectively these are symbiotic as without one, you don’t have the other. Both factions pose questions as to the quality of students being produced, and the social/cultural effects on society. What effect does private education have on the class driven society we live in, and the segregation pertaining to low/high class-poor/rich class? For this concept this paper looks at the extremes of the binaries. The high socioeconomic status of a family gives them great capital. They possess knowledge, money and power which allow them access to private education. The low socioeconomic status of a family changes their capital by removing easy access to resources, knowledge and money. This gives limited opportunities and segregation from more fortunate people.
Having these factions in our culture is class related and is associated with power over the people. The segregating style of social class lowers the experiences to create learning opportunities. It involves a set of 'contextual givens' that determine neighborhood, housing, and access to resources that affect enrichment or deprivation of specific value systems. It has been shown that the ability, socioeconomic status and parent’s level of education directly affect the ability of a student (Crnic & Lambert 1994; Ahn et all 2004).
The remainder of this paper is organised as follows; Section II describes a few important notions being discussed throughout the paper. Section III briefly outlines the... [continues]
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