SOCIAL CLASS AND THE HIDDEN
CURRICULUM OF WORK
By Jean Anyon
This article discusses examples of work tasks and interactions in five elementary schools in contrasting social class communities. The examples illustrate differences in classroom experience and curriculum knowledge among the schools.
Based upon the examples discussed in the article I can say it has helped me to understand and join in agreeing with so many others that the educational system is designed in such a way to produce a desired outcome of one social class group above another. There is a relationship between a social class group and the quality of education the group receives. For example the investigator in the study introduces evidence to show that as social class of one community increased that certain factors pertaining to education also increased. A few examples are an abundance of teaching materials in classroom, more stringent board of education requirements regarding teaching methods and an increased teacher supported services such as in-service workshops.
Social class plays a very important role in one’s education and because of this children are not equally educated in the American society because they find themselves in one of the three classes the author discusses. The Capitalist class – one must participate in the ownership of the apparatus of production in society. The middle class - these are professionals who may own stocks but have no social control of the capital. And working class – will not ordinarily own physical capital; his or her work will be for wage or salaried labor that is either a source of profit (i.e .,capital) to others, or that makes it possible for others to realize profit. Within the schools in the communities of the working-class there is definitely a shortage or an inadequate supply of teaching materials and equipments needed in the classroom. Teachers have to photocopy text book and workbook pages so that students can follow along and be fully involved in the classroom activity. There are government funding that are not available for many of these schools and due to parents lack of resources they are not able themselves to make tangible contributions to the school. And so there is a vast difference in the quality of education received in the working-class communities compared to the capital class and middle class.
Social class will always be an issue in American Education, nonetheless those in the working class must keep on fighting and being optimistic, who knows what change can come about in the future with this new generation of young people aspiring to hold certain government offices. And taking into consideration the words of President Obama “I propose working with states to make high quality preschool available to every single child in America” in his 2013 State of the Union address setting a new trend in early education.