Synthesis. towards students receiving a different education than that

Synthesis. Jean Anyon’s main argument in the text “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of
Work” geared towards students receiving a different education than that of
others based on their communities and the school’s location.  The pre-notion that education was based on one’s
social class. Jean divided the types of schools into four categories: working-class
schools, middle-class school, affluent professional school, and executive elite
school (Anyon, p. 2-3). Anyon discusses the difference in education by relating
each to category to another. For example, the working class schools is to be
taught to memorize and follow procedure, instead of making decision and having
a choice, rather than in other categories of learning (Anyon, p.4). In the
study, she expresses how in an executive elite school, the focus would be to broaden
the intelligence of one and sustain high academic roles (Anyon, p. 10).

            In his essay, Pedagogy
of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire compares to different concepts of education,
problem-posing and banking. Problem-posing education refers to the method of
teaching that essentially emphasizes critical thinking for the sole purpose of
liberation (Freire, p. 8). In banking, teachers only assume that students are
unassertive where educators take full control, determines what is to be learned
and to “fill” students with information that is already pre-selected (Freire,
p. 3).  From the beginning, Freire
stresses the urgency in change of education through his exaggerated examples
and word usage. Criticizing the banking concept of education throughout the
essay, Freire argues that problem-posing is best in more ways than some.

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Reflection/Application. I believe that Anyon’s categorical way of schooling is withheld
in the United States. America’s population and society is based on social class,
therefore so will schooling. Without the “hidden curriculum of work,” I would
say that, the world of employment would not be the same. With this way of
schooling, it is forced to place citizens within a certain area of the scale. For
example, traditionally a middle class citizen would have an education where
they are able to obtain the right answer and be independent but they are ultimately
placed in areas of work such as office jobs. Professional class education
generally gains employment with a degree. I would say that I believe this
method of education keeps everyone in their particular place in society, but I
am unsure if I would agree that this is a good (the best) method for education

When it comes to the two methods
of education Freire proposed, I would agree with him that problem-posing is
best of the two. I enjoy the cooperation between teacher and student with this
concept. The idea that students are able to respond to problems that are posed
in the real world, rather than information just being fed to them. In my
opinion, this choice of learning opens the mind of creativity to many more
individuals. Though Freire supports his theory with much needed details, I would
say that there are reasons why the method of banking should also still exist. I
say this because there’s some information that is presented to students that
can only be taught through memorization, narration, and constant repetition. This
would be seen in areas of math and the arts. For that, I would ultimately argue
that these two methods of education should be combined and revised for the best
of the majority to all.

Critical Question: I am interested to know what takes the vast majority of the
categorical schools in the United States? 


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