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Imagine there is a society, and in this society there are only two households, one of them is a white collar family, the other is a blue collar or working class family. To keep it simple, white collar workers are highly skilled and usually work in an office setting, while blue collar workers perform more labor based jobs and get their hands dirty. Now you may ask, what do these two groups have to do with each other? Well, their differences are what bring them together, and neither group would be able to operate without the other. Personally, I grew up and still live in a white collar family and this alone has shaped my household environment. I would also imagine growing up in the other class would have an impact on your household environment as well. Although these two households are quite different from each other, they still impact one another and society today wouldn't be the same without either of them.
If someone were to talk about a “home”, there could be a number of things that could come to mind. When I personally think of home I think of a place of peace and acceptance that you share with the ones you love. No matter what your definition of “home” is, everyone grows up in a different home environment. I first lived in Farmington, Minnesota but eventually moved to Prescott, Wisconsin in fourth grade. One of the things that I think has effected my very own home environment is the fact that my dad has a white collar job. My dad is a certified public accountant and works in an office setting, so that would be classified as a “white collared job”. The biggest of the factors of a white collar job would be the income, although there are other things that also play a role in my home environment. Growing up my whole family never really had to worry about not being able to pay our bills. I also feel like I grew up in a safer environment and was able to pursue the things I wanted to do such as sports and hobbies without any problems. This gave me a peace of mind and allowed me to focus and do well in school which later helped me get accepted into college. I am very thankful to have grown up the way I did and I feel like everyone should have the right to grow up in a safe and stable home environment.
Class is a relative status that is based on income, wealth, power, and position. The United States usually considers that income and wealth are what separate classes and most the time in your lifetime you move very little up or down the classes (“Working Definitions”). As you could imagine, growing up in a lower income household alone could impact ones home environment quite a bit. This translates to other effects such as poor performance in education or even health. There are a few interesting statistics that show this quite well. Children from a lower income household are about twice as likely as those from higher income households to have a learning related behavioral problem.("Education and Socioeconomic Status”). I feel like this would transfer...

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