Social Class

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Social Class and How It Affects Our Society

Education and what you will become in society is greatly influenced by economic and social class.it has been noted that children in wealthy communities perform better than those in poor communities, in the sense that the kids from the wealthy family can afford to go to private schools, whereas children from the poor family will attend the public school, because their parents cannot afford to pay for the private school. This argument is supported by research done by Jean Anyon who is a chairperson of the department of education at Rutgers University, Newark. In her essay the “social class and the Hidden curriculum of work” she talks about schools in wealthy communities being better than those in poor communities. She further talks about better performance of rich children in comparison to poor children. In a period of a full school year, Anyon observed five elementary schools. Anyon concluded from her survey, that the fifth graders of various economic backgrounds are already being prepared to take up certain positions in society. Anyon also noted that the differences in performance of children in poor communities were not due to lack of resources, instead they were the results of the different teaching ways used by different types of schools. In Anyon’s survey of the five schools, she categorized them according to school’s class designation, which was determined by income, occupation and social characteristics of parents and students. The five were divided into four groups. These groups are the working class, middle class, affluent professional and executive elite class. All of the four groups have different types of methods of teaching and the income of families in these groups also varies. Though Anyon observed five schools she called the first two schools the “working class”. It covers 38.6 percent of families in the United States. The middle class comprised of parents who are mostly...
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