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代写SOC 101: Principles of Sociology

Critical Thinking Homework Assignment:

Education and Social Stratification

50 points

Introduction to the assignment topics:

For this homework engagement assignment we are investigating education as a social institution, its increasing importance to life chances in U.S. society and how institutions of public education established to carry out mandatory education laws help to perpetuate inequalities based on race class and gender in U.S. society?  In addition to these themes, as a way of investigating the impact of education on our own life chances I am asking you to find information about the school/school district from which you graduated. Some of you may have special circumstances (home or private schooling, schooling out of the country) so if you feel the following directions do not apply to you let me know and we can discuss it further.

Part I: Complete these steps first, before writing…

First, find the national average for per pupil spending (this is the average number of dollars spend on each child in the public school system nationally).  Once you have found the national average find your school or your school district’s website and investigate information regarding per pupil spending in your school district.  Take notes including per pupil finding as well as other components of funding (private vs. public sources; property tax vs. tuition, etc). Also, investigate how your school district compares to neighboring districts?  Oftentimes if your school district site does not have this information (or just doesn’t have a site!) you can find per pupil funding at the State’s website. (Such as the State of Michigan website www.mi.gov)

Second, once you have investigated the funding, make a list of all of the amenities you remember your school offering–anything from AP courses to sports to study abroad, etc. Write a paragraph or two on the same page of the list in regard to which amenities you think helped you the most for college, life, adulthood, etc.

Third and last, once you have completed these steps please choose one reading from the Kozol page on the “Third World Traveler” site.  You must reference information, examples, etc from your article in your written discussion.

Part II: Once you have completed these, you will write your discussion paper…

Your 2-3 page minimum (double space, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins) discussion paper should address the following questions:

  • What is the importance of education in regard to life chances and experiences in a post-industrial society?  How has the role of education in U.S. society changed in recent decades?
  • How is education funded in the society (nation) where you were educated?  Where did you go to school?  Explain your schools funding in comparison to neighboring school districts.  How did the resources your school offered have an impact on your opportunities and status today?  How did your experiences prepare you for where you are now?
  • How did your experiences compare to the information that Kozol provided in the article?  How does Kozol view education in the U.S.?  According to his research and writings what are the main issues with education in the U.S.?  Discuss his article in context of your answers to the previous questions
  • Provide a conclusion including a summary of main discussion points.


Please be sure to double space, use 12pt font and 1” margins. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know as soon as possible. 

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