SOCI305TermPAPER

SOCI305TermPAPER - Burke 1 Matt Burke September 22, 2009...

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Burke Matt Burke September 22, 2009 The Socio-Economic Gap in Childhood Education Introduction and Background In this paper I will be focusing on two main points . First I will discuss how the socio-economic environment of a child will effect children’s childhood including the amount of summer homework assigned versus the amount of play with a focus on how childhood has been constructed . Similarly I will discuss the relationship between parents’ encouragement or lack of encouragement of education and focus on how this will affect how childhood is constructed . Both of these will be related in a historical context and the changes that have occurred in the social construction of childhood . The view of childhood has significantly changed even over the last decade . Sociologists have studied childhood for the last centuries, but recently there has been a shift that childhood is getting “lost or disappearing . ” There is a larger emphasis on how to prepare for the future and get a child ahead of his or her peers . Children, especially middle-class children, are spending more time in extracurricular activities and having less free time . The loss of childhood is a significant issue to study in regards to the sociology of childhood . I will use some central concepts that were discussed in class . I will discuss what the “ideal childhood” may or may not be based upon the social and historical context of a 1
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Burke child . Also I am going to discuss the very different ways of experiencing childhood and the presentist’s notion of history . The notion that we tend to think in the lens that we presume that we are doing things right or wrong, but that our ideals are right will specifically bring together how childhood is socially constructed . I will further discuss the idea that parents mold their children to how their childhood was in their own eyes with an emphasis on the differences between middle and lower class children . This paper will add to the existing knowledge on the topic because it will focus more on the distinction of how socio-economic status and education especially on the value of summer homework has socially constructed childhood . This is different than most arguments that just argue if summer homework is good or bad . This paper instead will argue that whether or not there are justifications for summer homework, children are far more affected by the social class that they are raised in . Methods The main articles that I analyzed for this paper were from The New York Times . I did all my research online, which made it easier for me to aggregate similar articles together . Some of my articles also came blogs from a New York Times . One blog titled “The Motherlode” which author Lisa Belkin writes about homework, friends, baby sitters and more in respect to parenting . Belkin draws her topics from the news, her experiences, books and studies . Another from a “Happy Days” a blog about the pursuit 2
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Burke of what matters in troubled times
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2010 for the course SOCI 305m taught by Professor Sternheimer during the Fall '09 term at USC.

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SOCI305TermPAPER - Burke 1 Matt Burke September 22, 2009...

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