Essay about Social Class And The Hidden Curriculum Of Work

706 Words Oct 6th, 2015 3 Pages
Born and raised in a small town, I only had my classmates as friends. It was a middle- class school where teachers knew our name, our siblings, parents, and where we live. Never venturing out to other schools nearby, I had no recollection of other schools. Jean Anyon’s 1980 essay, “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” helped me take notice to a problem in school curriculums. Anyon is effective in her, but it has not reached enough people to have made a difference in school programs. Even though wealth may affect our educational systems, all students deserve the same learning opportunity so that they will have a better life. Students’ futures should not be determined or limited by their economic or social upbringing.

In Dr. Jean Anyons essay, she discusses how social class determines the structure of education. During the study, she observed five different schools based on income levels of the parents. In each school she found that the way the teachers treated and taught their students was different. Anyon noticed the students are treated with no respect. The teacher’s main concern is making sure they can get the answer right. “Work is following the steps of a procedure” (Anyon, 1980, para 8), there is no worry in making sure the student understands what and why they are doing it. The curriculum is preparing them for the working class; giving them skills to take orders from a superior. Furthermore, in middle-class schools the room is controlled by the teacher.…

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