Wk5 DQ1 - the school system. For the reason that school...

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According to the textbook social stratification is marked by inequality, with some people having more money, schooling, health, and power than others. There is a range of ways in which American society is stratified. First consider the economic makeup of our society. Wealth in the United States is concentrated in the upper 1% of the country and descends from there abruptly. Indeed, the top 1% of all income earners controls over 40% of all financial wealth, and the top 10% controls over 90%. Moreover while there is some amount of mobility between the economic levels, the single greatest indicator of individual success remains the income levels of one's parents. I have personally experienced this difference in
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Unformatted text preview: the school system. For the reason that school funding is intimately tied to property values (a proxy for wealth), some school systems have vastly more resources and higher quality teachers than others. The limited availability of private schools adds even more to this disparity. I attended a mediocre public school while people I grew up with who had more money went to a superior private school. Although I turned out fine other kids did not become so lucky; this level of economic stratification is not a good thing. In fact, it leads to all manner of economic injustices and political distortions....
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course SOC 120 AAAA0OHHG4 taught by Professor Lyndacable during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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