Essay on Education: Equal Opportunity?

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Education: Equal Opportunity?

The U.S. Educational system has historically divided into two objective groups. The first objective focuses on increasing opportunity. The second objective focuses on stabilizing an unequal society. The objective of increasing opportunity has mainly emphasized on practition more than discussions of schooling. Thomas Jefferson implemented a plan in 1779, it promised the laboring class more opportunity to attend higher education. The point of the plan was to rake out the brilliant from the poor class, and add them to the prospering upper class. The goal of the plan was to divide the youth lives in laboring, and learned when they reached adulthood. This was a method of placing people in positions. The present
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The authors came to this conclusion because education itself was created to help, and develop the capalist order in society. Education was used provided to train people with knowledge of information in a fast growing capitalist society. Making the people knowledgeable enough, to apply skills learned from school into the capitalist order. The second reason why education was mandated was because many different races and social background would provide fittings of the varied economic opportunity in society. Creating equal opportunity in education would then give many varied cultures an opportunity to choose roles in life. Jefferson’s two-track educational system also followed the same method of mapping out the lives of people in a capitalist society. The two-track system separated the lower social class as the proletarians, while the learned as the bourgeois. The separation between the laborers and the owners is a perfect example of the social conflict paradigm. There is a division between two different categories of social status. The owners have more power therefore they command what goes on in the society. The laborers have little or any control in the capitalist society. Today’s society still rests on a capitalist order; it will continue to do so because they have the economic power to do so.

According to Bowles and Gintis, results have concluded that socioeconomic status determines greater education attainment
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