English 101

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Education. Why is it such an easy word to understand but such a tedious task to accomplish? We come from a society that hands out education easily, however that education comes with a price. Jean Anyon explains this process through her research in From Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work. Anyon dissects the socio-economic class that determines the types of instruction students receive. Through her research one can compare her findings to Mike Rose’s narrative, I Just Wanna Be Average, to be true and insightful. Rose speaks of his high school life as an underachiever as well as his ability to break free from the mold that he was once placed in. Comprehending both Anyon and Rose, I, myself, have come face to face with the…show more content…
MacFarland demanded respect and it was given as Rose writes, “Though a lot of guys groused in the schoolyard, it just seemed that giving trouble to this particular teacher was a silly thing to do… it came to this: the troublemaker would look foolish rather than daring” (165). Rose also explained that he wasn’t disciplined properly in the vocational program, whereas MacFarland prepped his students to focus on college to the point of helping them with their entrance paperwork. This is another example how the executive elite class teachers inspire their students to go beyond their limitations. As limits go, I realized they existed in 1984 when I had to suffer through Sister Barbara’s 8th grade English Class at St. Stephens. Our class of 64 was divided into two groups, the working class and the executive elite. There was nothing in between. One either had it or didn’t. I obviously didn’t have it. The executive elite class had options to work in teams and come up with brilliant stories to read to the class. In the end, the group with the best writings received candy treats as prizes. Candy treats still rings in my ear and that is where it stayed. Our sad working class group was uninspiring and restricted to working alone at our desk with no treats in sight. Sister Barbara thought it would be a good idea for us working class students to journal our

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