Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work

Given our discussion about empowering education and how it works to produce and reproduce social class, I have a few resources to share with you. I think that these sites will help you think about how social class gets reproduced. Finn says,

"The status quo is the status quo because people who have the power to make changes are comfortable with the way things are. It takes energy to make changes, and the energy must come from the people who will benefit from the change. But the working class does not get powerful literacy, and powerful literacy is necessary for the struggle. How can the cycle be broken?"

Here are some things to help you think about breaking the cycle. Knowledge is power. What do you need to KNOW in order to enhance your power to make change??

Off Track (a film about tracking and inequality)

PBS: People Like Us (Social Class in America)

Center for Working Class Studies

Paolo Freire Institute

Critical Pedagogy

1 comment:

  1. I was actually shown that part of the "People Like Us" video in my gender and society class just last week. I was going to mention it in class because it fits so well with what we're talking about now but i forgot. :/