Sociological Analysis of Education in Canada
Although it is often associated with schooling and training, education does not necessarily mean schooling. Education is defined as ‘the process by which human beings learn and develop capacities through understanding of their social and natural environments, which takes place on both formal and informal settings.’(Wotherspoon, 2009) In other terms, education does not only happen in schools but can also happen outside of these realms and you can come up with a deep knowledge and enriching experience without being in school. Nevertheless, the learning opportunities that surface in school are numerous and since education helps shaping our personalities as well as our life choices and chances, the role education has in social relationships and economic activities has a great significance in Canada and the whole world. There is a common belief that having a high literacy rate and a good education system automatically mean that the nation is doing good overall. Analysing education from a sociological perspective contributes to a better understanding of education and the relationships issued within this institution and to recognize the importance of education to social participation and advancement in contemporary societies. Following, is someone’s school experience in Canada and a sociological analysis of the data collected from the interview.
The person I interviewed was 53 years old. He was a new immigrant who worked as a dentist back in his country. He could not work in Canada as a dentist and he had his family to support. He also had an undergraduate studies diploma majoring in human resources. He had gone back to school and was continuing his education at McGill University. He now has a diploma in graduate studies in management with concentration in human resources. He spoke three languages fluently at his arrival here, which are Arabic, English, Russian and had learned French and now masters it pretty...