Jean Anyon; Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work; In Journal of Education, Vol. 162, No. 1; 1980-Fall.
Anyon is (was) the chairperson of the Department of Education at Rutgers University, Newark
It’s no surprise that schools in wealthy communities are better than those in poor communities, or that they better prepare their students for desirable jobs. It may be shocking, however, to learn how vast the differences in schools are – not so much in resources as in teaching methods and philosophies of education. Jean Anyon observed five elementary schools over the course of a full school year and concluded that fifth-graders of different economic backgrounds are already being prepared to occupy particular rungs on the social ladder. In a sense, some whole schools are on the vocational education track, while others are geared to produce future doctors, lawyers, and business leaders. Anyon’s main audience is professional educators, so you may find her style and vocabulary challenging, but, once you’ve read her descriptions of specific classroom activities, the more analytic parts of the essay should prove easier to understand.
- Andrew Simmons; The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility; In The Atlantic; 2014-01-16.
Teaser: Higher education should be promoted to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening, not just increase their earning power