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Failing To Educate: Social Class Essay

876 words - 4 pages

If people’s mistakes and, reasons causing said mistakes in history aren’t portrayed completely for educational purposes then is history doomed to eventually repeat itself? The lower class is growing, middle class is shrinking and the upper class is making more money, which has been a pattern over the time frame the America’s existence. “Land of Opportunity” and “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”, both written by James W. Loewen contain brilliant insight to why some textbooks may be feeding students not necessarily false information but information irrelevant to the real issues most Americans face every day like unfair living conditions and opportunities due to social class. Mistakes, such as unfair distribution of wealth somewhat due to moving jobs overseas, make it hard for one to move up in ranks regarding social class. The social class issue in America goes much deeper than a deteriorating economy because, like Loewen says “opportunity is not equal in America”, which tends to be true due to factors like race, community, pay checks, and even inherent wealth of ones’ parents.
Social class needs to become more recognizable as a growing problem. If the masses understood the real reason why people are in the social class they are then more would fight to buy “American made goods” and fix our crippled social system. In “Lies my teacher taught me”, Loewen compares college level history courses to high school level history courses saying, “History professors in college often put routinely put down high school history courses”. Loewen in both essays shows how textbooks skew adolescent’s view of America’s history leaving out key points like working class strikes and real depictions of how life really was, making students only learn how we prospered and succeeded with some tragedy thrown in here and there. The movie, “The Blind side” shows superb examples of social class and is based on a true story. Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who take in a homeless teenage African-American, Michael Oher. Michael has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict living in the slums. Michael is poorly educated. They take him in buy him a truck, give him his own room in their obviously middle-to-upper class home and also enroll him in a nice mostly Caucasian suburban neighborhood school where he excels with the help of a tutor (a luxury to some lower class students) which the Tuohy’s pay for. If Michael Oher never was taken in by the Tuohy’s, and not given the opportunity to...

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