Claude Steele Essay

647 WordsApr 14, 20093 Pages
In “From Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work”, Jean Anyon observes five elementary schools in New Jersey consisting of fifth graders. Each of the schools are focused on their family’s social class and how they receive curriculum in the classroom. The first two schools are working-class parents that have blue-collar jobs. The third school are middle-class, which the school has a mixture of different social classes. The fourth school is parents that have an upper income level which puts them in the upper middle class. This school is called affluent professional school. The final school is parents that belong to the capitalist class and the school is called executive elite school. Anyon shows examples of how each class is taught in different subjects, such as Math, Language, History, etc. Anyon shows how children’s economic status would let them learn and develop in capital, authority, work, and creativity. All together Anyon found that the higher you were up on the social ladder the more you were taught to be creative and to take on leadership roles. Anyon does think that more research needs to be done to clearly show how economic status has a direct connection to the role in children’s education. What I think one of the key aspects of Anyon’s essay is the examples that were given for each school and how the social class affected the teaching. Examples were given by what the teacher said and how he/she taught, I was able to put myself in the classroom and see how I would have handled learning. Starting with the working-class schools, Anyon observed how teachers didn’t explain the work, how it would relate to other lessons, or the point of learning. I feel if you don’t understand the point of something, what is the point of learning? Children weren’t explained anything! All they did was copy what the teacher would write and that’s all they

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