Social Class And The Hidden Curriculum Of Work

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“Do you feel like you live in a nation of idiots?,” said Michael More in the article “Idiot Nation” (1). We live in the leading country in the world but yet we have a higher percentage of illiterate poeple than most countries. Due to the country’s poor education system not providing sufficient and equal education for all. The American public education system does more harm than good because it does not give the same educational opportunities to all students, teachers that are not motivated or trained to teach, kids are underestimated on their capacity to learn, and schools that care more about sponsorship from corporations then the education of the students. People are told that getting an education will make them successful in life. That is not the case. Jean Anyon conducted a study on the four different schools in different social-class. In the article “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” Jean Anyon states, “In the two working-class schools, work is following the steps of a procedure. The teacher rarely explains why the work is being assigned and how it might connect to other assignments” (2). Students are not taught to think for themselves. They are taught to follow their parent’s footsteps into the work force as very low skilled workers. Compared to the students in the capitalist class where they are taught to use their own knowledge and reason to solve problems. The students in the executive elite schools are given a better chance in succeeding in life.
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