Chapter 4 Changes in American Society

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Chapter 4: Changes in American Society Their Influences on Today’s Schools Changes in American Families Latchkey children: children who return to empty houses after school and who are left alone until parents arrive home from work Changes in Socioeconomic Patterns Socioeconomic status (SES): combination of family income, parents’ occupations, and the level of parental education. Upper class: composed of highly educated, high paid professionals who make up about 5 % of the population. Middle class: managers, administrators, and white-collar workers who perform nonmanual work (ie teachers) composed of 40-45% of population. Working class: lower middle class, earn b/w 25,000-40,000 a year and compose about 1/3 of population. Jobs usually emphasize manual labor. Lower class: make less than $25,000 per year, high school education or less, unskilled labor, low-paying jobs, about 20% of population. Underclass:
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