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Running head: SOCIAL POLICIES, SOCIAL MOBILITY AND EDUCATION 1 Social Policies, Social Mobility and Education Name Institution Affiliation Instructor’s Name Course Code Date
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SOCIAL POLICIES, SOCIAL MOBILITY AND EDUCATION 2 Word Count 1664 Social Policies, Class Inequalities, and Opportunities for Education The education system in America is unfair and unequal. It is common to find students who come from wealthy communities having greater educational advantages because the system rigs favor to them. According to Porter (2015), The U.S society has made less progress in regards to narrowing the racial gap and inequality in education achievement. Students from wealth and affluent families have advantage of accessing experience teachers, lower student-teacher ratio, access of modern facilities and more up-to-date computer and science equipment. In other words, students who come from affluent communities get access to better educational resource than student from low income families. This is nothing to do with intelligence or ability but is explained by difference in income levels. Putnam (2014) concretely illustrates that the kind of social resources-both material and cultural- that allowed working class kids end up in about the same social class as wealthier kids to get better education achievement than poor kids. California represents this embarrassing aspect of inequality in education in the U.S. As compared to many states in the U.S, California ranks close to the bottom in terms of student- teacher ratio, per student spending on public education, librarians, and guidance counselors. The inequality in education system in California is demonstrated by the gap that exists between bottom ranked Oakland High Schools and top-ranked Piedmont High School. In addition, the continuous decline in performance of Skyline High School is a clear indication of how the quality of education keeps on declining in California.
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SOCIAL POLICIES, SOCIAL MOBILITY AND EDUCATION 3 Education system is one institution that has remained to have most unequally distribution of social resources and sociologists regard it as the main source of inequality in today’s society. (Jarmrozik, 2009). Education inequality and social inequality is a result of bad social policies in the society. In the contemporary world, social policies contribute to social inequalities, health inequalities, and educational inequalities. Social inequalities contribution to education inequalities can be explained in two possible mechanisms. First, social policies lead to educational inequalities through increasing harmful effects of income equality on education. Secondly, social policies have a negative effect on socio-economics of the society which lead to educational differences. Despite the fact that social policies try to lower social and educational inequalities, they are still contributing to increase of inequality in education system. In light of
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