I Just Wanna Be Average Mike Rose Analysis

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Equal opportunity in education is as realistic in America as it is to lick your own elbow or fitting your whole fist in your mouth. Equal opportunity in education is the prevention of any discriminatory acts against students, staff and faculty; however, in Mike Rose’s, “I Just Wanna Be Average”, he argues that the educational system is completely unjust for those in a lower program and that those that are in those lower education programs are not being challenged to their full potential. Rose brings up many important points in his study about the educational system, but fails to mention other factors that could cause a student to not reach their true potential. These factors, such as race and social class, nowadays, contribute greatly in the …show more content…
Unlike, Jean Anyon 's study, “From Social Class and The Hidden Curriculum Work”, Rose did not discuss how social class can influence students to reach their full potential. People who have the most money tend to give their children the best education they possible can. The best education allows for progressive thinking and strategy making and gives the child more opportunity to progress faster.This education is used to create future CEOs and other high level management positions; However people who can’t afford such an education send their children to different lower class schools, that are classified by the social status of that area, such as the working class schools. The working class school is where students of current low wage workers are sent to learn low class skills and taught how to be obedient to those above them. Anyon mentions in her study, “The children had no access to materials. These were handed out by teachers and closely guarded. Things in the room ‘belonged’ to the teacher: ‘Bob, bring me the garbage can,’. The teacher continually gave the children orders”(Anyon 169). This just depicts that these working class schools are just making future low wage workers for larger companies. It shows the students being barked at by their teacher like how they would be barked at by the boss of a factory. These students are not given the opportunity to excel outwardly. They are controlled from a young age and taught how to follow orders, instead of thinking abstractly; in contrast to the executive elite schools. Anyon later makes a quote in her study of the executive elite school, saying “In the classroom, the children could get materials when they needed them and took what they needed from closets and from the teacher’s desk. They were in charge of the office at lunchtime” (Anyon 178). Compared to the working class school, the students in executive elite school

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