Anyon Essay

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In the American society much emphasis is put on education. A proper college education is needed for a lasting career, and in order to get into college a proper primary education is in all means necessary. One would think that if education is such a stressed idea in our society that all education would be goaled toward the same amount of achievement, but according to Jean Anyon that’s not the case. In a study done by Anyon in 1980 she concluded that the students of “different economic backgrounds are already being prepared occupy particular rungs on the social ladder” (Anyon 170). Anyon observes classrooms in areas with different social backgrounds and records how the lessons and classroom behaviors in those classrooms are conducted. Anyon believes that students in schools of a lower social class are only being taught the skills needed to achieve in that social class and none higher. Although some schools may match with Anyon’s theory, it is not to say that every school of a lower class expects their students to not achieve higher goals. A school where most parents have a “blue collared job” is classified, according to Anyon, as a “working-class school”.(Anyon 172) These types of schools need to provide their students with things such as free lunch and other financial assistance. Another category according to Anyon’s theory was the “affluent professional school” which happens to be much higher on the social ladder. The parents who send their kids to these schools are “predominantly professional “and have careers such as a “corporate lawyer or an executive in television” (Anyon 172). No financial aid is necessary for the students in the affluent professional school. Anyon’s study took these social classes and studied their curriculum to prove that schools of a lower social class will teach skills for a lower paying job, where schools of a higher social class will

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