Social Inequalities In Freedom Writers, By Erin Gruwell

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The film takes place in the early nineteen-nineties after the Los Angeles Riots. Erin Gruwell who is portrayed by Hilary Swank is an excited, new teacher who wants to teach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, a renowned school formerly known for its high achievements that have recently had an integration program put in place. Gruwell is enthusiastic about teaching but realizes that her class is composed of "at-risk" students, and not the eager students she expected. The students segregate themselves into racial groups within the class, which becomes problematic, as gang fights break out and, therefore, causing most of her students stop attending class. Not only does Erin Gruwell meet opposition from her students while trying to gain …show more content…
The theory allows us to understand and change the social inequalities that exist in society. In the film, Freedom Writers, it shows the journey of a young teacher as she attempts to inspire a group of students who are considered to be "at-risk" students who come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Each of them is dealing with discrimination from their peers and educational inequality from the administration from the high school. Erin Gruwell ends up inspiring many of her students by proving that even though they come from different backgrounds they all have experience loss due to gang violence. She tries to do everything she can to give these students a chance at an education they may not have otherwise …show more content…
The staff at Wilson Williams represent the upper class and middle class while the students represent the lower class. In Freedom Writers, the film shows how the classes have a confrontation with each other. The honor students are looked at and treated a different way than those from Erin Gruwell 's class. The film portrays the different types of social classes in society, that even an institutions can have a hierarchy scale. Not all of the school resources and materials were distributed evenly and fairly to the students. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened significantly in the past few of decades. In the film we see the effects of social stratification that are present in the character 's everyday life through their quality of life and the opportunities they were given. . Education has become a more significant determinant of a person 's social position in a

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