Social Class and Education

1745 WordsFeb 2, 20187 Pages
Democracy is both an idea and a way of conducting a political government. In EDL 204 we looked at democracy as an idea. Democracy as it relates to education refers to the need to teach children how to be active and knowledgeable members in our democratic society. This preparation will lead them to live life in a way that promotes the good of the public. In an essay by John Dewey he discusses whether education is a public or private matter. Because the goal of democracy is education is to prepare students for society, I believe it is a public matter. By developing a school system that promotes democracy we will send our future leaders into the world with the capability of upholding the values of a true democratic society that promotes a greater good for all citizens. Many factors affect the success of a school system. The economic background and social class of the community and individual students is one of the largest factors to consider when attempting to structure a successful education plan. Social class is defined by the online Oxford Dictionary as “a division of a society based on social and economic status.” This division can often effect more than a child’s home life. We know that social class and success in school are often positively correlated to one another. This correlation is a major downfall in America’s education system because it allows for children who come from families in poverty to fall behind and be less successful than children of higher
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