Social Class And The Hidden Curriculum Of Work

1161 WordsJun 25, 20175 Pages
This country’s education system was built on the back of meritocracy and was created to function as an objective measure of a child’s performance and their intelligence. It was the gateway to the American Dream, and provided everyone with an equal chance of success in America. It was a place of not only intellectual, but also personal growth. In her essay “From Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work,” Anyon argues that this is no longer the case. Anyon’s study concludes that from the fifth grade, students in poorer communities are groomed to succeed in low-class, blue collar jobs, while children in wealthy communities are prepared for more desirable careers. Anyon analyzes four different types of schools that all varied based on…show more content…
She goes on to explain how she will attempt to investigate the issue. Anyon’s use of credible background information within her thesis paragraph demonstrates a successful use of logos as she takes her audience on a tour of her thought process and how she came to investigate this issue. She continues on to warn her audience that her article “offers tentative empirical support (and qualification) of the above argument by providing illustrative examples of differences in student work in classrooms” (Anyon 138). In comparison to Kendall’s opening paragraph, Anyon clarifies that her study offers “tentative empirical support,” and does not make any outlandish leaps or conclusions. While Kendall chooses to draw her audience in by utilizing pathos, Anyon relies on logos and her well-conducted study to strengthen her ethos. Similar to Kendall, Anyon attempts to prove that meritocracy is no longer at work in America’s public education system. In schools where “the majority of the fathers are in unskilled or semiskilled jobs” like “platform, storeroom and stockroom workers,” the “work is following the steps of a procedure” (Anyon 140). Anyon points out this coincidence, but does not validate it. She simply describes how the procedures are “usually mechanical, involving rote behavior and very little decision making or choice,” almost like working in a factory. In fact, she states that the work is “evaluated not according to whether it is right or wrong but according to whether the
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