Social &Amp; Cultural Studies In Education

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There are four classes in society. The Upper Class, Professional Middle Class (PMC), Working Class and Poor/Underclass. The Professional Middle Class are people who have professional training, expertise, bring culture, perform formidable services to society, have a formidable educational background and understand the importance of education. They also value the importance of their children’s education so they will have a better chance in surpassing in life and believe that the key to adult life success is tertiary education. Within this class there is a wide range of professions from high court judges and senior surgeons to nurses. These people tend to live in areas near ‘the best’ schools, expose their children to educational toys (museum, books etc.) and use their money to purchase the best education. The PMC want the “best” education for their children and this starts at an early age. By age five, children of PMC families will have a four month reading advantage due to the fact that from age two, PMC children are sent to early childhood centres or nurseries and gain an early advantage over those who are from working or under class. PMC parents also purchase toys that will assist in their children’s learning. Due to school zoning systems, PMC parents buy houses near the “best” schools. Therefore, their children can attend this school and get the “best” education. These areas are more expensive, therefore, the lower classes don’t live here and in turn, miss out on the better education opportunities. What makes a school the “best” school? Schools are ranked on the education tables. These tables are a ranking system based on the academic performance of the school. The more students that passed with a higher grade, the better the ranking of the school. PMC families also use their money to gain the best education for their children by sending them
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