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Anyon for Portfolio

Anyon for Portfolio

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Abbey AllenDr. JanEnglish 1101xApril 15, 2010Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work Jean Anyon¶s ³Social 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 article 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 how the socialclasses are different and why. As I was reading I took many notes on what the differences areabout each social class and the education that goes along with the class. It¶s not right to punishkids for living in a certain area or for having parents who don¶t make as much money as some parents. All kids deserve the right to a good education and a fair shot at making something withtheir lives.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. Anyon starts by talkingabout the working-class. She talks about how in a Working-class school the ³procedure isusually mechanical, involving rote behavior and very little decision making of choice´ (232). Italso talks about how the teachers just teach because they have to get through the curriculum anddon¶t actually teach what the ³idea is that lies behind the procedure´ (232). Anyon talks abouthow the curriculum is much different from the Middle-class schools where the teachers just teachthem how to find the correct answer and how to follow directions (236). Anyon observed and
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found that in Affluent Professional schools students work independently and are taught how to³express and apply ideas and concepts´ (238). Finally, Anyon found that in Executive Eliteschools the teachers teach their students how to ³develop one¶s analytical intellectual powers´(242). They are taught how to problem solve and use that knowledge with any problem theyhave.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 ³rich´ 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. I know it must be hard to find funding for the lower-classschools, but every kid deserves a right to the same education as everyone else. I understand thatthe private schools get a lot of money because they are expensive, but the public schools should be teaching to similar curriculums so that all the students can get into college and make 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? Do students have a place to go after schoolif their parents work or are they just hanging around doing nothing?
Anyon states that, ³Onecould attempt to identify physical, educational, cultural, and interpersonal characteristics of theenvironment of each school that might contribute to an empirical explanation of the events and
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interactions´ (246). I think Anyon is saying that there probably are other factors that need to belooked on when looking at different schools in different social classes because other things couldinfluence the work in the schools. We talked in class about how the parents could influence their child to either do their work or not do their work. The lower class schools usually are in areaswhere the parents don¶t have the best job so they can¶t afford a nicer place to live. The parentsmight not have done well in school so they aren¶t encouraging their children to try and do well inschool. 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 thatway. I don¶t think it should happen and Anyon even says, ³Such 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. It seems like she is saying that what shesays it right and that research doesn¶t really actually think that there needs to 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¶t

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