Analysis Of Jay Macleod 's Ain 't No Makin Essays

1543 Words Oct 6th, 2016 7 Pages
In Jay MacLeod’s Ain’t No Makin’ It, lack of motivation and lack of opportunity limit two different groups of boys in the projects of Clarendon Heights: the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers. MacLeod observes these groups in his case study starting in the early 1980s when most of the boys were still in high school and through their adulthood. Starting in the early 2000s and continuing through today, STEM - science, technology, engineering, and math - education achieved popularity in the educational sphere because it is seen as a way to increase U.S. innovational output as well as create diversity in the white and Asian male dominant STEM career field by seeking inclusion of females, minorities, and lower socioeconomic youth in STEM education. In accordance with the current emphasis on STEM education, President Obama introduced the comprehensive Educate to Innovate initiative in November 2009 to “[provide] students at every level with the skills they need to excel in the high-paid, highly-rewarding fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)” (The White House). The Educate to Innovate initiative has the potential to yield absolute benefits for the Brothers but smaller chances of helping Hallway Hangers while the policy’s effects of increasing motivation and opportunities for youth from higher socioeconomic backgrounds limits its ability to mitigate inequality.
Through government cooperation with foundations, non-profits, companies, and STEM-focused entities,…

Related Documents