Summary Of Carla Shedd's Unequal City

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Education is a virtue in our society. The growth and development of a successful civilization depends on an educated populace. Schools were created to serve this purpose, to educate the youth and prepare them for their professional and personal lives in the future. However, while we do learn mathematics, history, literature, and art – all of which are important skills and subjects – the real importance of school lies on a different spectrum. The most important lesson that schools teach children is the truth about society and the real world. Schools play an important role in shaping, molding, and developing an individual’s perception of themselves and society. It is not until children enter the sphere of academia that they begin to experience the real world, where they learn how to interact with others and they learn how society interacts with them. Schools have an immense impact on a person’s view of self and society, which greatly impacts them for the rest of their lives. That is the major theme of the first three chapters of Carla Shedd’s Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice. The students whose lives are…show more content…
This is clearly evident in the fact that most, if not all, of the children choose to attend a school that requires a significant commute, which crosses racial, social, and physical boundaries. The students choose these schools because these schools offer them a better chance at moving up the social ladder than their local high schools. The children understand that they have unequal education opportunities and they try to change the course of their lives by attending schools that supposedly give them the opportunity to receive a better education and have a better chance at being successful in their
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