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Week 6 -Grabb and Guppy Ch10 SOC220.docx

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Week 6 – Grabb and Guppy Chapter 10 ­ Change and Stability in Patterns of Social Inequality in Canadian Education Introduction   • The education system is understood as a social institution with the power to alter an individual’s position in  unequal distribution • First – education is as an important arena for developing skills • This is because ones educational accomplishments facilitate social mobility in both directions (good  jobs or bad jobs)  • However the logic that education facilitates social mobility is only applicable under the assumption that  schooling is both fair and neutral – that is , if it promotes equality of opportunity ­> then people from all  backgrounds should have the likelihood of moving up and down the hierarchy independent of family origins  • However where you end up as an adult is heavily influenced by origin – inequality begets inequality, however  there have been some change – ex: woman end ethnic groups education attainment is more equally distributed.   However with regard to socio­economic background – there has been no change • Education still serves to reproduce inequality Educational Attainment by Socio­Economic Background • Parental education, income and background all still related to children’s school success • Argument: rather than education being a support of equality in opportunity, evidence points to social  reproduction of inequality • Education does little to alter 
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