Social Class Defining Ones Education and Identity

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Who says society and social class has to define one’s education and identity? An article in the “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” by Jean Anyon points out that students in certain social classes have schools which are tailored to prepare children from the social class which they come. “Changing American Families” by Judy Root Aulette examines how the stratification systems of class mold our society. Rick Santorum in “It Takes a Family: Conservation and the Common Good” states that one’s identity is based from their family and upbringing. Equally important “In The Achievement of Desire” by Richard Rodriguez, he expresses that he knew he was different, that his family life and his academic life was opposed and when he reads Hoggarts description of the scholarship boy he realized there where others like him whom did not fit the mold defined by society. Malcom X in “Learning to Read” talks about his struggles and overcoming his identity. Studies have shown that families from certain social classes are educated at different levels and the schools prepare children for the same life which is represented from their social class however this is not always the case as Richard Rodriguez and Malcolm X demostrates in their articles. Several studies declare that the social class leads to the type of education one will receive and as a result will shape their education and social class. Aulette describes in her “Changing American Families” reading how the stratification systems of class mold our society. “The stratification systems of class, race ethnicity, and gender constitute a major feature of the macro level of social organization in our society. They exist beyond the control of any individual and are so pervasive the sometimes become invisible. But they weave in and out of our lives, sometimes overlapping, and sometimes contradicting each other, but
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