Social Mobility In Schools

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The year is twenty sixteen, we now have cars that park themselves, we’ve invented innovative medicine and have the latest technology trending around communication. Although we have made medical breakthroughs in research and continue to advance in technology, our society as a whole, seems to be moving backwards. Over the last few years, there has been a great focus on poverty, race and equality in America due to the large amount of discrimination and hatred that we’ve been experiencing. Such hate and discrimination lead to systems of oppression. Amongst these systems, the continuos history and practice of hierarchies continues to be present, mostly prevailing in schools. In this research paper, will analyze the role that schooling plays in creating …show more content…
Author Arjun Appadurai, from the department of Anthropology in the University of Pennsylvania, explores the idea of social mobility and the impact it causes within the native or those perceived to have the opposite of the dominant genes. The author introduces the concept of physical immobility as it applies to anyone who isn 't rich, white, or of the upper class (Appadurai, 1988). In general, if you don’t fit within these categories, you will always remain at the bottom of the hierarchal structure. You will never move up the rankings because history states that within our system, the rich will always be at the top. In this case, society states that you are confined to the categories in which you were born, that is, if you were born poor, you will remain poor and always be ategorized this way through …show more content…
In general, understanding the purpose of schooling and what its mission statement is in relation to students. In regards to a democracy, such as here in the United States, the purpose of public schooling is to serve the common well, both at the individual and the collective levels. Education is viewed as a responsibility of the nation, shares the common mission of ensuring liberty and justice for all within all regions, specifically within the space of schools (Goodland, 2004). We can conclude that the general idea is to provide education at an equal level for all those who attend any schooling in the United States, but most importantly, provide an education that challenges and shapes an individual. Although this is the purpose, many times, this isn’t the case. The education system has flaws that are creating inequalities within schools. As previously stated, there are many components that serve to create these hierarchies aside from the school system as a whole. Although everything is important, I want to focus on three main aspects, the implemented curriculum, tracking and the role of teachers to explore how hierarchies are formed within each of these and how they contribute to the bigger

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