Essay about Education Is The Image And Reflection Of Society

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Introduction Emile Durkheim argues that education is “the image and reflection of society” (Durkheim). It teaches people the right behavior and good manners which help develop their values and virtues. Education plays an important role as a part of a society which determines the class position and how people move in social mobility. Specifically, the value of high school education has significantly increased over the past few decades. Students with a high school diploma have higher chance of getting a job and more opportunities in job market comparing to those without it. Most Americans agree that high school education creates opportunities and open doors for all, but the fact is many students choose not to take the advantage of education. More and more students drop out of school on their own accord for reasons. Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone (US Census). Even though the high school dropout rate has decreased a lot in recent years, it still negatively affect individuals and the costs to society are high. High school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed and are more likely to get public assistance, while high school graduates are more likely to get higher pays and contribute to the society. More importantly, what we cannot ignore is the racial difference in dropout rates. When we analyze the data, there is obvious racial difference in high school dropout rate which causes a lot of…

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