They are poor, broke, they cannot afford it and it needs to admitted. No one wants to be poor, but blaming their inability to pay for something on racism is not correct. If a student has good grades, plays sports, is involved in school and community, they have, equal opportunities to attend college, no matter what their skin color. What prevents kids from attending college, is not the color of the skin, but the lack of funds available to them due to their socioeconomic class. Thus, the reality facing America is no longer purely racism but also classism.
Income inequality and segregation has and will have a dramatic effect on upward social mobility and opportunity equality for kids. More families live in uniformly affluent neighborhoods or in uniformly poor neighborhoods and fewer of them live in mixed or moderate-income neighborhoods. Even when poor and wealthier schoolchildren live in the same school district, they are increasingly likely to attend separate and unequal schools (Curtis, 2017). Lower-income kids need not only talk but also all the help that they can get to break out of the cycle of opportunity inequality that victimizes them in this day and age. Over the past several decades an “opportunity gap” has grown between kids from “have” and “have not” backgrounds.
To be brought up entirely by women enriched his views and allowed him a unique attitude towards. The upbringing provided him with a rich perception of the true worth of women in society, therefore, placing him in the ideal position to criticize the oppression of working class women through comical convention. He embeds into his play, an understandably biased opinion of the treatment of women entirely in their support; empathising the predicament women face: stripped off the right to live freely independent of any man. One such issue Russell appears to concentrate much attention on, is the deprivation of education for working class women. Willy Russell’s 1980’s audience comprised of both male and female audiences, thus, his advocating of views were adapted such that they suited both, genders.
Class differences exist in the world all over. It is not a new thing. It is important for people to be conscious of their backgrounds and situations, like Sylvia. However, they should not let their backgrounds define them. Despite Sylvia’s feelings of inferiority she remained upbeat it clear no one was going to beat her at anything.
However, with changing times, women and men of color are being presented more ‘positively’. Omi points out that, “In contemporary television and film, there is a tendency to present and equate racial minority groups and individuals with specific social problems” (Omi 546). These consolidations question the foundations of these presentations. It is a mélange of myths and realities. By focusing on ‘stereotypes’ which exist among racial minorities, Omi overlooks the deeper problem of how it influences our daily lives.
She makes a valid point with comparing the communities’ compounds to gated communities, in which they are basically the same thing yet in the story we are clearly able to tell that there is a problem with the way it is divided yet no one seems to notice that problem in our society. Education wise is almost similar too, nowadays arts are still important but many would be disappointed if one were to choose that instead of a science or technological education. I do think that this book is a possible glimpse into our future if we continue the way we do. There isn’t as much as a class separation now like there is in Oryx and Crake, but it is possible for our society to reach that level if we continue how we
Martha Peraza SOC 3340 Inequality in Education California State University, Bakersfield Abstract In the United States, there exists a gap in equality for different demographics of students. The factors contributing to educational disadvantages include socioeconomic struggles, gender of students, language or culture, and particularly for the scope of this paper, race. Racial inequality in education is predominant in black students and is perpetuated further by educators. A theory that explains this could be the “hidden curriculum” theory which conditions students to believe that their cultural backgrounds must be silenced to resemble the model white student. Studies show that training educators in cultural sensitivity and establishing trust between students and teachers allows students from varying cultural backgrounds to improve in classroom settings.
A recent study from USA Today, explained that Latino and African Americans students are more likely to attend schools that are mostly made up of poor students.Meanwhile, white and Asian American students are more likely to attend middle-class schools. Similarly, another study shows that the years between 1993 and 2011, the number of African Americans in schools where ninety percent or more of the student population were minorities increased from 2.3 million to over 2.9 million. Undoubtedly, segregation still exists in our generation and has recently increased over the
According to Wayne Camara and Amy Schmidt in “Group Differences in Standardized Testing and Social Stratification”, This is a big reason minority groups tend to do worse. The minority students who come from high socio economic households tend to do decently well on standardized testing, however, they are far from being the majority and often aren’t discussed at all when these topics come up. Unfortunately, though, as we have seen there is a still a lag of minority groups compared to other groups even when the household status is the same. This is speculated to be due to the fact that they are often lacking in academic preparation due to inner-city schools and lack of rigorous courses (Camara and Schmidt, 1999). They often come from households with low expectations and family support, which are two incredibly huge factors when it comes to academically succeeding.
What is “grit”? According to Angela Duckworth. “grit” is defined as “perseverance and passion for very long-term goals” (Duckworth). “Grit” indicates future success more effectively than a student’s IQ or talent that schools measure. Anyone can become gritty if they are willing to put forth the effort.