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Abbey AllenDr. JanCritical InquiryFebruary 9, 2010Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work Jean Anyon’s “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” is a piece of writingthat will get anyone thinking about social class and education based on social class. As I wasreading the texts I had many questions and thoughts about what point she was trying to getacross. She starts out by talking about the different social classes in the US and what each onelooks and consists of. As I was reading I took many notes on what the differences are about eachsocial class and the education that goes along with the class.In high school I did a paper about how the lower class areas don’t get the same type of education that the upper class areas do. A lot of it has to do with social standard, money, andwhere you live. The differences between the educations are significant. In a Working-classschool the “procedure is usually mechanical, involving rote behavior and very little decisionmaking of choice.” (Anyon) It also talks about how the teachers just teach because they have toget through the curriculum and don’t actually teach what the “idea is that lies behind the procedure.” (Anyon) The curriculum is much different from the Middle-class schools where theteachers just teach them how to find the correct answer and how to follow directions. In AffluentProfessional schools students work independently and are taught how to “express and applyideas and concepts.” (Anyon) And finally in Executive Elite schools the teachers teach their students how to “develop one’s analytical intellectual powers.” (Anyon) They are taught how to problem solve and use that knowledge with any problem they have.
 
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All of these curriculums should be the same. If we aren’t allowing the students in theworking-class to learn as much as students are in the executive-elite schools, then not every kidhas the same chance at going far with their education. I don’t think it’s fair if we punish childrenfor where they live and don’t give them the same opportunities in their education as the childrenwho live in the “rich” parts of the states. I learned a lot while I was writing my paper in highschool about the different educations and from our discussion about Anyon’s writing. Schoolsget funds from taxes. If you live in a nicer area the taxes are higher. That means that the schoolsin those areas are getting more money for their school. I know it must be hard to find funding for the lower-class schools, but every kid deserves a right to the same education as everyone else. Iunderstand that the private schools get a lot of money because they are expensive, but the publicschools should be teaching to similar curriculums so that all the students can get into college andmake a career with their lives.While I was reading Anyon’s article, I wondered about the other influences that students’have when going to school. What if the kids’ parents don’t care about their education so soonenough the students won’t care about their education. Other factors like what goes on after school before the kids go home might be an influence.
 
Anyon states that, “One could attempt toidentify physical, educational, cultural, and interpersonal characteristics of the environment of each school that might contribute to an empirical explanation of the events and interactions”(246). I think Anyon is saying that there probably are other factors that need to be looked onwhen looking at different schools in different social classes because other things could influencethe work in the schools. We talked in class about how the parents could be influences their childto either do their work or not do their work. The lower class schools usually are in areas wherethe parents don’t have the best job so they can’t afford a nicer place to live. The parents mightnot have done well in school so they aren’t encouraging their children to try and do well in
 
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school. I definitely think there are other factors that need to be considered when looking at thedifferent school.Even though she talks about how the different social class areas have different educationcurriculums and that the students learn differently, it doesn’t mean that it is right that it’s thatwhy. I don’t think it should happen and Anyon even says, “Such research could have as a product the further elucidation of complex but not readily apparent connections betweeneveryday activity in school and classrooms and the unequal structure of economic relationshipsin which we work and live” (249).As I said in my critical inquiry, there needs to be moreresearch done to prove what she is saying in her article. She says that more research needs to bedone, but doesn’t really think anything will change with more research. It seems like she issaying that what she says it right and that research doesn’t really actually think that there needsto be more research.Anyon wrote this about New Jersey and not about the entire country. A lot of thisinformation could be true about the entire country, but in order for us to know a person wouldhave to observe schools from each state all over the country. There is a lot of information that isin the texts about 5 schools, but that is a small percentage of the schools in the country. In order for something to change about the education based on social class, a larger study has to be doneto prove that there are significant differences in the educations. I’m not too fond of this article because it seems like she has formed her own opinion about the social classes and doesn’tactually want to do more research. What about those students who excel in the lower classschools? There is nothing in the article about that and there are definitely students who excel inschools that are run down and in lower class areas. I believe that everyone should have an equalchance at getting an education that they can use for the rest of their lives.

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