Social Class

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Daija Smith

April 12, 2013

5th hr

How does social class affect citizens?

Although, many people in today’s society would like to believe social class doesn’t affect them in life, it is indeed true that there are many different factors that shape people to be in social class. People are grouped by different factors such as, education, residence, and health conditions. Even though, there are many others aspects that shape the group of different social classes these are some common factors,

One aspect of life affected by social class is education. Education can be a prime factor of the categorizing someone in a social class. An example of this is Mark McClellan, whose story appeared in The New York Times article. McClellan story involved his struggle of trying to stay in middle class once his factory job closed leaving him without work and no degree. Many people like McClellan figured working would put him in middle class much fastest than getting a college degree could. However, it is a fact that “A man in his 50’s with a college degree could expect 80 percent more than a man of the same age with just a high school diploma,’’(Egan, 2005). Even though working right out of high school could put citizens at an advantage for the time being, having a college degree will support more long term. Education is one of the major aspects of social class because it ties along with the income, which is affected by the work force. In the article Problems with raising minimum wage Brian Gongol stated ‘’if you’re a 16-year-old from a low-income, low-education background, what you need more than anything else is an entry level to get started in the job force’’. It’s easier to start working right on rather than going to college from being raised in a low-income life style.

Residence is also another aspect that is affected by social class. Social class can group people in many ways, and residence is another major one along...
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