Friday, September 12, 2008

Rory, Dan, Kimber, and Jon's Group

Today, one needs a Bachelor's degree or higher to receive a "well paying" job. Thirty years ago, a high school diploma was all one needed to do the same. Why do you think that the educational standards have changed, and what does this mean for the future? Draw your answers from the materials from class up to this point.

1 comment:

Victory said...

I am inclined to agree with Jean Anyon’s assessment. “Students of different economic backgrounds are already being prepared to occupy particular rungs on the social ladder.” I have not only witnessed this, but I am also a victim of it. The education that I received as a child of a socio economically repressed family, was less than adequate. Up until I took the English 111 class with Dr. Newmark, I had never written an essay. Offspring of parents who made higher incomes and lived in nicer neighborhoods were given direction by schoolteachers and councilors. The rest of us were left to figure things out on our own. We were taught the basics. When we got to high school level, our guidance councilor took no shame in informing us that we were NOT college material.

My parents taught me that if I was an honest, hardworking, and dedicated employee, my bosses would recognize these skills and that I would be compensated. I am sure that in their time this theory held true. I have held positions with immense responsibilities in administration and management, and yet, my income has always been minimal. The years of experience and know how have proven useless in my attempt to increase my income. Without a degree I have hit the proverbial glass ceiling. For this reason I am now taking classes with students who are younger than my youngest child.