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Emily Leung Sociology 106 October 13 th , 2009 Tearing Down the Gates by Peter Sacks displays many examples of how kids in the present day have the agency as to choosing their education, among many other decisions in life. Sacks also portrays the contrasting view that some people do not have a free choice for education but rather the education is based on family background like finances, the environment etc. According to Sacks, “social class –measured by parents’ education, their cultural and financial resources, and their occupational status –is fundamental to a student’s chances of even considering going to college, and it is fundamental to the kind of college a student can hope to attend” (Sacks 130). From this statement it shows that Sacks believes that students do not have entire agency to their future. The key to their future is within their family. In society, attending college is very competitive, and many teenagers acknowledge that a college degree is now a standard in society in order to be successful. Sacks also states “an individual’s opportunity to even
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Unformatted text preview: play the game is preordained long before an application reaches the admissions office. Access to the game is determined by an elaborate, self-perpetuating arrangement of social and economic privilege that systematically grants advantages to affluent, well-educated families, while systematically shutting the gates of opportunity to those without such advantages (130). Sacks clearly makes a sound argument, but the people without advantages do have a choice to proceed further than what is expected of that person, or to fall within the lines of the typical stereotypes. I strongly believe if there is a free choice, and a path to success then it all depends on the person decision. Because one can be very wealthy and choose not to go to school, and another person can be poor financially and have their free choice to succeed and climb up the social ladder. This belief is solely based on people’s agency and not on the structural conditions....
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