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SCHOOLS AND SOCIAL CLASS
The following statements were taken from page 305 of your textbook. Think about them, because they are a little scary.
"...in many cases, education operates as a critical intervening variable in the transmission of status from one generation to the next."
"...early academic failure strongly predicts later academic failure."
The next several pages in the textbook discuss the advantages
upper and middle class children have over, to be quite blunt about it,
children who live on the reservation, if not your children, certainly your
neighbor's children, your cousin's children and your cousin's neighbor's
children. In brief, what these statements mean are that middle class children
go to school with a lot of the knowledge the school system expects them
to have. They know their colors, ABC's, how to write their names, and all
that other good stuff. Their parents have taught them how to behave in
ways that will satisfy the teacher. From the very beginning, middle class
children are very unlikely to fail. On the other hand, the child who did
not learn division very well in elementary school, or cannot read well,
is going to be at high risk for failure in high school. Failing high school,
of course, he or she is not going to get into college, which pretty much
rules out getting a job which will pay enough to bring the student into
the middle class - ever!
Schools that work- research you can use
Pay a lot of attention to page 306. The textbook gives a brief review of Michael Rutter's research on effective schools which were successful in educating poor students. Next time your school administrator says,
"What do you want me to do?"
try some of these suggestions on them.
We have discussed some of the effects of school on children. Yet, children do not exist in a vacuum. Bronfenbrenner (remember him?) click on his name to go back there, if you don't. What about the effects of PARENTS on schooling? They are VERY important. I was somewhat appalled that your textbook hardly mentions parents at all during middle childhood. I checked a few other textbooks to see if this was abnormal, and most of them also ignore parents. Fortunately for you, you have me, your wonderful instructor, to remedy this oversight!For two views, one on the Spirit Lake Nation particularly, and the other on parent involvement in general, click here
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