Social Exclusion And Its Effects On Society Essay

1316 Words May 9th, 2016 6 Pages
It is no secret to anyone who has attended; high school isn 't easy for those who attend. Students must learn to effectively navigate rigorous academic, political and social pathways. To take a wrong turn on one of these pathways is to tip the highly unstable scales from social inclusion to social exclusion. Social exclusion manifests itself in many ways: failing grades, poor attendance, isolation, and (as advertised most frequently in media campaigns) bullying. Bullying, imagineably, easily includes and leads to poor academic performance, attendance, and also varying degrees of isolation. According to Bill Page in his book "At Risk Students," these consequences form when a student has not navigated the academic, political and social pathways in a "successful" manner- one that will lead to graduation- and instead become "at risk students." (24). When a student has certain pathways made unavailable, often due to race, class, gender or sexuality, socially exclusionary symptoms of a school system not designed for everyone, in what can only be describes as status hierarchy, manifest themselves.
The Students Who are Excluded
For a student who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or other (lgbt+); many pathways are made unavailable to them. This is in addition to whatever other demographics they may be a part of within a public high school institution not necessarily made for all students.Within a status hierarchy, lgbt+ students are the social pariah within each level,…

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