Essay Education Desires - Megan Gillis W 130 Essay 4 The...

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Megan Gillis W 130 November 30, 2011 Essay 4 The Boy Who Learned When I was growing up, I knew that ultimately my educational track would lead me to a university or college. My mother and father did not force a higher education onto me but made me aware of that being the only way to make a good life for myself. Many children do not have this same kind of support from their parents or teachers and often are not given the opportunity to gain a higher education. Schools and teachers are not giving the same chances to every student equally; they are giving children of higher social class a better chance at succeeding in a professional aspect and of lower social class a more likely chance of having a mundane, assembly-line type job. The type of education that these students receive will directly affect their social status, their employment, and their financial stability. Every social class has a different learning environment for their students, as Jean Anyon, a professor of educational policy in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and author, describes in her selection “From Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work”. Anyon observed five elementary schools, fifth grade classrooms specifically, and came upon the conclusion that students of different social economic backgrounds received very different educations. Many of the students in these classrooms were simply following in the footsteps of their parents or guardians. Likewise, Richard Rodriguez wrote “Hunger of Memory” , an autobiography , which The Achievement of Desire was derived, is a Mexican American who had the hunger for education and was not backed by his parents, who simply did not understand, and became a scholarship boy. Rodriguez was never supported by his parents; they were working class people and had expected him to be the same. He had to hide his education from his parents. Since educational resources differ
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according to social structure, students should be given the ability and opportunity to learn and gain the same education as any other student with any background. With the same education across the board, students will be able to climb higher in social status and be more financial stable. Students are not just born with the want for an education; they can either be helped to that point or pushed there themselves. In many educational environments, if a student does not have
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  • Malcolm X, Richard Rodriguez, Jean Anyon

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