They are ignorant to the fact that this system hinders the socioeconomic success of most citizens, unless they are lucky enough to be considered upper class. But what is upper class? We were always told that America wasn’t like other countries in the fact that it isn’t divided into classes. That people have equal opportunities to create their own economic futures and conquer whatever obstacles they encounter. This, indeed, is false and such classes do exist.
So many working class students believe that they should start to learn what they’ll be doing and what they see themselves doing in the future. Because of the segregation in their school these working class students believe they are ghetto, and are fit for such jobs. It is because of the classes they are forced to take, it is
Socioeconomic class is a group that consists of the same background on income, occupation, and educational level in the society which causes inequalities to different social classes. The socio-economic class still affects many people lives until now. In a world that is constantly changing, socio-economic class still has a huge impact and effects on each life that people can’t escape and destroy. It impacts people’s lives noticeably on health, education, family, occupation, the society and a person’s perspectives in life. Also, the lives of many ethnics and racial minorities wherever they go.
What the majority of people from working class communities fail to acknowledge is the long stressful, tiredly, anxious feelings that come from being a dedicated student. The lack of exposure of education in working class communities revolves around constant judgment and misunderstandings. Many people will not understand when you have to say “no” to going out on a night of drinking, or rejecting the offer to a family reunion to finish studying for a midterm. It is difficult to explain to family members and friends that my education comes first. It is also difficult to constantly remain in a dedicated mindset to continue my education.
In todays society, social classes have a huge effect in the Americans lifestyle. What does it exactly mean to be considered an upper, middle or lower class? These three social classes are defined by the lifestyles of different racial families and their income. Education also plays a huge role in defining one’s social class. Someone’s social class doesn’t define how successful they are but those with a further education most likely will have a higher income and live a better lifestyle.
In the school system, the students are introduced to competition, the status of hierarchy and high grades. In this case, students from rich families would easily get into a well standard university whereas students from poor families may not be accepted to any post-secondary schools due to financial issues. The high class keeps getting richer because of the ever-changing economy. They invest in big companies, have high-paying jobs, live in better neighborhoods, and are more likely to have a better education than someone who is from an inner city. When a famous company CEO makes millions and gets a pay raise, there is usually a debate whether or not they deserved
if you are middle class then you are more likely to not do or quite negative behaviours such as smoking or unhealthy eating. Whereas these behaviours are more likely and sometimes encouraged in the working-class community, making it more likely someone who is working class, to display those behaviours.
The second main point discussed is how inequality plays a factor into the income gap in the United States. As Porter explains, we have accepted income inequality because we believe capitalism would not be able to work without it. I can now see how much influence capitalism has on this country in particular. A quote that I believe best explains this is “if
Lower-class families frequently do not have the educational background to equip their children with the needed social skills to pursue success. He states, “his mother permits that casual incivility because she wants him to learn to assert himself with people in positions of authority… this kind of interaction simply doesn’t happen with lower class children (106-107)”. Wealthy and middle class parents are more often able to introduce social and analytical skills into their child’s life, which cannot be learned in a classroom. This enables the skill to interact with authority figure capable of making unintended opportunities occur. In the school environment social classes are irrelevant because they are all presented with the same education that allows them to learn at the same pace.
Discussion about Social class and poverty in America According to the textbook of Introduction to sociology, a social class is defined as a social ranking according to the economic position in which achieved characteristics can influence social mobility. Sociologist Daniel Rossides describes five social class: the upper class, the upper-middle class, the lower middle class, the working class and the lower class. Social class is decided by achieved and ascribed characteristics, and we can change our class by achieved work. Social class has powerful impacts on a person’s life. Ascribed characteristics (like race, age, family composition, gender) decides the one’s class.