I Just Wanna Be Average By Mike Rose

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Education is the pillar of life, so it is essential that children are given the best quality education as it will help them to combat life's challenges. The government and all other education stakeholders must work together to ensure that public schools deliver more so as to positively impact learning. It is a fact that the education sector faces several drawbacks. However, with a combined effort, it is possible to trigger change. There are two sources that I use for this essay, it is “I Just Wanna Be Average” by Mike Rose is imperative in showing how children are treated in ‘the working-class schools’, and “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” by Jean Anyon.This paper provides a detailed and comprehensive analysis of Jean Anyon’s …show more content…
Rose is an intelligent student, but he did not want change the school and decided to stay. However, the incidence shows that the teachers in Rose’s school are not keen enough. Thus, the experiences that Rose passes through in the vocational program supports Anyon’s claims. As Anyon’s findings, socio-economic status of a community profoundly affects the design in which students are taught at school. Those who attend schools in communities with low socio-economic status get poor education compared to those students in communities with high socio-economic status. From the story, it is clear that Rose is from a low socio-economic status community. According to Rose, he said “Ken thought about it, but just for a second, and said, "I just wanna be average."(128). Rose’s classmates who are satisfied with being average. This signifies that they are not from affluent families. Also, in the story, the author talks about the demise of Rose's father, which in the text said, “My father was dead, and I had logged up too many years of scholastic indifference” (131). Although this does not support the underlying theme, it can be used to mean that his father's death affected the family financial status. Rose's …show more content…
Jack MacFarland who helps him in his excellence ladder; which is Anyon argues that Schoolwork from teacher helps students to achieve their goal and to prepare for their life. Mr. MacFarland motivates and helps Rose to get into college. Mr. MacFarland is an outlier from Anyon’s findings. In MacFarland’s class, “He analyzed poems with us, had us reading sections…making a potentially difficult book accessible with his own explanations” (131). He is different in the manner he treats his students. According to Anyon, he said that Mr. MacFarland is “brandished linguistic weapons of a kind I hadn't encountered before” (131). MacFarland imparts faith and motivates his students to achieve more. It is a fact that Rose’s success was greatly influenced by his teacher. Rose argues “You'll see a handful of students far excel you in courses that sound exotic and that are only in the curriculum” (128). This example shows that there are some good teachers in communities with low socio-economic status who teach students to excel. Mr. MacFarland is exceptional in that he is enthusiastic about his job and uses it to change the lives of his students. Rose’s teacher is used in the story to show some hope that the difference in designs of teaching in schools found in upper communities and lower communities is reducing. Mr. MacFarland is used as a role model to be emulated by teachers in

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