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The Influence Of Race And Ethnicity On A Person's Educational Level

2150 words - 9 pages

I decided to write about the influence of race and ethnicity on a person’s educational level. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where, within my social group, schooling and education was deemed as an essential part of life. In the United States, however, there exist a greater number of racial and ethnic groups, and it is evident that an achievement gap exists among these groups. Here, Dominicans are marginalized as part of a Hispanic minority group that does not achieve the educational status of other groups, such as Whites or Jewish. I chose to write about the disparity of education within races and seek to answer how race affects a person’s educational level.
Through research, I will examine if there is a correlation, be it direct or indirect, between a person’s race and their educational attainment. In order to answer this question, it is important to consider other variables, such as a sex, socioeconomic status, culture, and religion. How do these variables influence a racial group’s access to education? Numerous studies have been done to answer questions like these. I am curious to find out what intrinsic characteristics of a racial/ethnic group impact their success. My research will include collection of existing data and analysis of several case studies, along with my own personal experience. Some of the questions that I would use to answer the problem-solution writing assignment are: What are some factors that affect a person’s education level? Or how does sex affect the success of a person? Also I will explain the meaning of socioeconomic status? And is culture the foundation of educational levels? I will use these questions to help me write my research paper.
After I conclude my research, I will write a solution to the problem in education and the disparities between the different races. Formulating hypotheses will help give my research paper structure.
The hypotheses I have predicted is: A person’s race has an impact on the level of education because of the difference of economic status and their beliefs.
Theoretical Framework
This research paper discusses the theoretical framework that was developed out of factors that lead or contribute to the disparities in education. This theoretical framework will help me to present and describe the theory, which explains why the research problem under study exists. According to sociologist there are two main views of inequalities within sociology. One view supports the functionalist theory and the other supports the conflict theory. I preferred to use both theories to help support my research. Ashley Crossman a sociologist says “Functionalist theorists believe that inequality is inevitable and desirable and plays an important function in society. In the other hand, conflict theory view inequality as resulting from groups with power dominating less powerful groups.”(Crossman, 2000). A functionalist theory perspective on education examines...

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