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LaMontagne 1 Whitley LaMontagne Professor Haley SOCI-2201 MW (8AM) Film Response #3 Waiting for Superman Geoffrey Canada describes the impact over time “kids have no interest in living”, which can be concluded through the examples set by tracking and grade inflation. The neighborhoods which do suffer from education inequality usually support some type of tracking system, which is assigning students to different types of educational programs. As explained in the movie, the system can be operated by the administrator and will set kids on different educational paths based on grade history, disciplinary records, or even race. The major problem with tracking appears when the kids placed on a lower track are deceived into thinking they are excelling in school when they are slowly falling behind. However, John J. Macionis identifies grade inflation occurring more frequently. Macionis cites that in “1968, the high school records of students who
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Unformatted text preview: had just entered college included more grads of C+… by 2007, however, these A grades outnumbered grades of C+ and below by nine to one.” It is because of such grade inflation that most of the students presently are functionally illiterate, the lack of reading and writing skills needed for everyday living, which can cause discouragement among kids, such as Bianca, who aspire to become a doctor but are not being prepared accordingly. Currently 123 million jobs will be high skill, and high pay, however, only 50 million will be able to fill those spots. The opportunity is there but the kids, eventually growing up to become adults, cannot fulfill the requirements to acquire such jobs. If that is the case, then what is the point of trying? LaMontagne 2 Work Cited Macionis, John J. Society: the Basics . 10th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000. Print....
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