US Society Essay

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Societies possess intrinsic binding that is enforced through ideas that are evident within the society’s ideals. These bindings can be external such as through the criminal system. They can be internal, such as the education system or through families. They can also be semi-formal such as a psychiatrist demanding a patient seek medical treatment. Formal or informal mechanisms exist too. Informal implies unspoken societal mores and taboos that could lead to either elevation of status and respect or alienation. Formal mechanisms of social control are any actions taken by an agent in society, such as a police officer, to enforce laws and ensure that individuals follow the elite’s rule. Society expects an individual to show constraint or else …show more content…
Public education is fraught with several problems: limited and disappearing funding, diminishing acceptable standardized testing results, and increasingly high standards despite an already floundering educational foundation that cannot cope with the globalized world. However, the US public education system is at least good at one of its purposes, which is that from an early age, teachers instruct students that the US is the best country for liberty, equality and freedom. The idea of the US being a tolerant society is debatable. At best, it is a society that tolerates the existence of several marginalized cultures within its borders because white males enforced patriarchal and euro-centric values. Nonetheless, liberty and equality are rightfully preached in schools and consequences for blatant intolerance of a marginalized group are harsh. Today, American society expects that someone keep any hint of racism to themselves. Political correctness is an informal social control and response to past conflict that ensures American society can cope with the tensions that arise from diversity.
According to the NAACP, “public education has done more than any single institution in the country to promote social, political, economic and equal opportunity.” (Wendell) Promoting social, economic and

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