Navigating Through Social Classes Analysis

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Education: Navigating Through Social Classes In America, social class can be associated in many ways. Hard work has to be given to obtain the prize. For instance, my father mobilized his way through the social classes of beginning in the lower working class working in the fields. Realizing that he wanted to make a better life for himself, he has increased his social class to being in the upper middle class now by attending college. For my father, the alterations he decided to make at the beginning of his life that then affected his life now were determined by his family size and aspirations to own material things. Though his type of dedication and effort to reach a higher point in life is not known to everyone, it can be fulfilled with …show more content…
He realized, in order to have a better life than the one he was living at the time, he would need to make education his main priority. For example, in the excerpt, New Directions, by Mary Angelou, relating to my dad would be Annie because she came to a point of acknowledgment of what she wanted to do for success. “She had indeed stepped from the road which seemed to have been chosen for her and cut herself a brand-new path” (Angelou 124). Instead of just thinking of the idea that his life could change by making education the emphasis, my dad did something about it and made school his main focus in his life since then. At around the age of thirteen and until becoming an elementary teacher, my dad picked and packed grapes in California and Arizona, still keeping in mind that his education would be the most important factor for moving up in the social …show more content…
After so many years of hard work, my dad is finally living the life he dreamed of since he was young and working hard labor. He knew he wanted to follow his dream of moving his way up in life by working to be in the upper-middle class for himself and for our family. As explained by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the article, Middle Class in America, it is shown how the middle class, although is not the richest in income, they are the richest when it comes to the mindset they put themselves to have for success. The USDC states, “Members of the middle class tend to be defined more by their values, expectations and aspirations than their income level, although income may constrain the manner in which some of their aspirations can be realized” (4). My dad always said “Education is the vehicle for achieving the dreams you plan to achieve,” and I plan to follow in his footsteps to achieve my own dreams. Although it is difficult, success is not impossible if you work hard for it. Our economic system in America now does make it harder for individuals to mobilize higher in the social class systems, though, it is not unmanageable to

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