Scholarly Discourse Paper

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In the views of society today children are taught by example. Monkey see, monkey do. The Saturday morning cartoons, parents, the latest video games, teachers, and the media all showed kids that you can be anything you want to be, as long as you set your mind to it. The majority of little girls wanted to be a princess and little boys wanted to be a super hero when they grow up. In reality, the princesses didn’t grow up to be aristocrats and the super heroes are not fighting the cities’ latest crimes. Children are told to use their imagination and creativity, but in todays society their imaginations and life aspirations are refocused by their social class. . Considering the research done by C.H Knoblauch, Johnathan Kozol, and Jean Anyon, …show more content…
Nurses, art, and music teachers are the first to go. (Kozol). There is nothing appealing about this specific learning environment. The Executive Elite schools are the complete opposite. The children are given the luxury of feeling safe at school. If they need to do research, there are computers and a library, which are highly encouraged for them to use. If they feel sick, they can go to the nurse. When it rains a sturdy roof protects them. These two schools are polar opposites of one another. Since both of the schools are not able to use the same resources or given the same privileges, the students education cannot be considered equal. The education level directly relates to their zip code and parental salary.

Working class schools, middle class schools, affluent professional schools, and executive elite schools all make up the division of scholarly levels. (Anyon). The working classes, or low-income families, live in the underprivileged neighborhoods. They are taught the basic skills needed to succeed in life. They learn straight out of a textbook, and are given no freedom. They are considered privileged to be equipped with life skills (Kozol). This type of education is teaching students the absolute minimal amount of knowledge. There is zero creativity and authority being obtained by the children under these conditions. Knoblauch considers this to be a functional literacy level of education, which puts “Emphasis on readying people for the necessities

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