Question: Drawing from the readings for this week, how does social class shape educational experiences in the United States (Jean Anyon’s piece) and in Britain (Diane Reay)? What are the similarities? The differences?
My response for a Discussion Prompt
Both articles had different ways of identifying how social class is created and divided by the middle-class and the working-class. Both authors explained it start from the educational system and also how education is accustomed to the different social class students. The article “Social Class And School Knowledge.” by Jean Anyon gave a different type of schoolings and education to the separate social class students. Jean Anyon was able to prove the capital, and social status of parents paid a significant role in their children’s education. Jean Anyon observed and interviewed students from different schools and mentioned that middle-class school has a better learning environment, and better teachers verse the working class.
The second article, “Finding or Losing yourself?: working-class relationship to education.” by Diane Reay was different because her piece was based on college education and how it affects the working-class students verse the middle-class students. According to Diane Reay, working-class students face challenges in how they fit in higher education and with the middle-class students. The middle-students do not meet the same problems. Higher education, according to Reay, can be the source in which the middle-class and working-class exist in society. Because how the educational system works better the middle-class students, whose parents have the capital and social class.
I believe the educational system provide better education to the economic privilege students, and these students have an excellent opportunity to succeed and maintain their social class. Unfortunately, the educational system does not do the same for the working-class students, who are unable to have an equal learning opportunity.