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The Rich Get More Educated And Richer

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Education is a major component in an individual’s future success in today’s society. The traditional model that we are taught to follow is to achieve good grades in High School so that we are able to get accepted to a good college in order to obtain a good high paying job. However, if the major building blocks of our education are somehow hindered by sociological influences, it would be correct to assume that our future success would also be affected. An example of a situation in which sociological aspects impact that education system can be found right here in the city of Lowell. According to the United States Census Bureau, the median household income for the year 2012 was about $51,714 annually compared with the average income throughout Massachusetts which was about $66,658 annually. Additionally in the year 2012, the statistics for the persons below the poverty level was 17.3 percent, significantly higher than Massachusetts average of 11.0 percent. Lowell is known as an urban environment and a city full of many different and diverse types of people. However, the city of Lowell does contain a large population that are, by today’s standards, considered to be living below the poverty line. ("U.S Census Bureau")
In order to understand how these sociological concepts have an impact on the education of the children of Lowell as well as their future success, it is important to understand exactly what these sociological concepts are and what their presence entails. Firstly, we must define the concept of stratification- in the case of the education systems in Lowell there is a clear case of social stratification. Social stratification is “the structured inequality between groups, this can be based on economic status, gender, race, religion, age, or another factor” (PP) In the case of the city of Lowell it is based on the economic status, employment and education levels of the involved families. The additional sociological concept that must be addressed- as it is deeply intertwined in the concept of social stratification- is the concept of inequality due to racial or ethnic reasons. An everyday example of how race affects our society is that, “Research shows that nonwhites generally have less wealth and education than other social groups. Nonwhites are also much more likely to experience discrimination when buying homes.” This is the general concept of white privilege which claims that white individuals have an instilled privilege in society over minorities and are subject to much less oppression and discrimination. Additionally, there has is a major connection between low-income households and households of color in today’s society, as previously stated, research shows that nonwhites generally are less wealthy and less educated than other social groups. For example, in the year 2008, the median income for Black households was 34,218 dollars and for Hispanic households it was 37,913 dollars. Both of these groups were earning less than the average...

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