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Education and Society

Social and Cultural Mobility

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Relationship between education and social mobility

  • Impact of parents education level

  • Parent education level and college enrollment

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The Role of Schools

  • Schools serve to sift and direct students by ability levels into different social strata to promote human capital

    • Promote talented, smart, and socially and morally fit students

    • Eliminate or redirect other students

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The Complex Role of Schools

  • School are not in isolation


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Framework to Understand Schools and Social Status

  • Human

  • Social

  • Cultural

  • Academic Capital

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Human Capital

  • Human capital is created by working with persons to produce in them skills and capabilities that make them more productive.

  • Society benefits with human capital – investing in populace

    • Educated populace for business development

    • Purchase of consumer products

  • Individuals gain higher wages and status

    • Invest in future – children and education

    • College going and parent income level

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Schooling and Human Capital

  • Schools are the primary social institution that cultivate skills in individuals so that they can be productive members of society.

  • What are some historical examples?

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Schooling and Human Capital

  • Case example of remedial education

  • Diverted Dreams – chapter 8

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Social Capital

  • Social capital refers to the intangible resources embedded within interpersonal relationships or social institutions.

  • Social capital can exist in three major forms:

    • obligations and expectations

    • information channels

    • social norms

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Social Capital in Education

  • Parents' expectations and obligations for educating their children (need social with human capital)

  • The network and connections between families whom the school serves

  • The disciplinary and academic climate at school

  • The cultural norms and values that promote student efforts

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Cultural Capital

  • Cultural capital, the collection of non-economic forces such as family background, social class, varying investments in and commitments to education, different resources, etc. which influence academic success.

  • Three types of cultural capital:

    • Embodied state – in individual

    • Objectified state -- things which are owned (art, etc.)

    • Institutionalized state – academic credentials or qualifications

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Cultural Capital

  • Schools reproduce cultural capital

    • Access to cultural resources (museums, books, etc) that provide information

    • Perpetuation of dominant values

  • Importance of the connection between home and school values

  • Limits of schools for learning cultural capital

  • Parents cultural capital

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Cultural Capital

  • Case of the restaurant

  • The Wire, season 4 episode 9

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Academic Capital

  • Academic capital is the level of intensity of experienced academic rigor.

    • Course taking

    • Study habits

    • Language

    • Knowledge about college process

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Academic Capital

  • Case of cultural curriculum

  • The Wire

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How education reinforces capital

  • Tracking

  • Limiting and controlling access to schools – K-12 and higher ed

  • Funding and resource disparities within and between schools

  • Living the “American Dream”

  • Lack of integration of social services

  • Lack of learning cultural capital

  • Apathetic teachers and administrators

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How education tries to mediate/establish capital

  • Education and social programs

  • Integration of schools

  • Distribution of state funding – per pupil amount

  • Providing skills – literacy, vocational programs

  • Workforce development offices and other services (career counseling)

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How education tries to mediate/establish capital

  • Financial aid – federal and institutional aid

  • School activities – social networks and engagement

  • Alumni support

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Why this is important for teachers?

  • Student come to class with different forms/levels of capital

  • Realize that students have complex lives – The Wire

  • Provide resources but consider personal limitations

  • Advocacy

  • Engage student culture