Social Mobility and Explaining Stratification

Social Mobility: Social mobility refers to our chances of moving up or down within the American class structure. In this week’s Strayer Story, Ron Finley emphasized that his urban gardening is not really about the food. Instead, he wants to show people that they can design their own life instead of accepting what has been designed for them.
What do you think is the most important factor that leads to upward social mobility?
How could Ron’s efforts help people’s chances of upward social mobility?
What else did you learn from Ron’s story?

Explaining Stratification: Conflict theory says that stratification results from lack of opportunity and from discrimination and prejudice against the poor, women, and people of color. In this week’s Strayer Story, Ron Finley talked about discovering how his neighborhood differed from nearby wealthy areas when he was growing up.
How would you explain Ron’s story from a conflict theory perspective?
What else did you learn from Ron’s story?

2) Your response must address the discussion question and you must also comment on at least one other student’s post.

3) Week 6 Instructor Insights Required

Class, please review this important short video concerning education inequality. I believe that this is one of the most important topics of our day because the gaps that were previously classing among social classes in society, has now begun to widen–again. As adult learners, all of you have made the decision to continue your education for various reasons (a job promotion, self-improvement, the desire to reach a specific goal), however, without exception, if you are a parent or are in a parenting role, you want your children to have access to quality educational opportunities in which to build their own goals and dreams. Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have access to educational opportunities and others do not? Did you dream of going to college (as a very young person) only to find that you faced barriers? Do financial issues or fear of growing debt limit your educational plans? Do you wonder about the future of our Country if children continue to face educational obstacles?

Please watch the video and share your comments about the video content and your personal perspective.

Your Teacher

Watch VideoFairness for Children – Income and Education Inequality

 

 

 

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