Class And Education In Gregory Mantsios's Class In America

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Many can argue and say that to get a high education there is no need to be in a high social class. There are plenty of people who feel completely different about this issue and think that in order to get a good education, one must come from a wealthy background. Gregory Mantsios, director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at Queens College of the City University of New York, gave his audience many examples of how different each social class was in his essay “Class in America 2012”. Some authors who also had something to say in regards to class and education were Jean Anyon, who was a social activist and professor of educational policy in the Ph.D Program in Urban Education at The City University of New …show more content…
The people who get to see this first hand are obviously the lower class society, but the media might be able to let these situations be known as well. In Mantsios essay, he says that the United States has certain myths when it comes to dividing each social class. He shows the readers how everyone tries to hide all of the differences from each class. Mantsios gives us an example when he says, “when politicians and social commentators draw attention to the plight of the poor, they do so in a manner that obscures the class structure and denies any sense of exploitation” (379). He tries to tell us that the United States as a whole tries to not belittle anyone because of their income and that we are never trying to make anyone feel bad or discourage anyone in regards to their social class. But in contrast, those who come from a very good background are more than likely going to do way better than those who come from a low class ranking. Those students who are in the lower social class are going to be those kids who do not put as much effort because they are not motivated enough. They are also not getting pushed hard enough which makes them think that they should not care for their future. In Gatto’s essay, he uses an example from Inglis that says, “to that end, a small fraction of the kids will quietly be taught how to manage this continuing project, how to watch over and control a population deliberately dumbed down and declawed in order that government might proceed unchallenged and corporations might never want for obedient labor” (119). Gatto is trying to say that the school system wants the students to all do the same things so that the community will not further their futures or their well beings, it is pretty much saying that the government is being selfish with the help that they could be giving the students. If the

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