Selected Moments of the 20th Century

A work in progress edited by Daniel Schugurensky
Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology,
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)


Jean Anyon publishes "Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work"

This year, Jean Anyon published an article entitled  "Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work", in which she reports the findings of a study in five schools. She compared two working-class schools, one middle class school, an upper middle class school, and an elite school. Anyon found a connection between the social class of the students, the type of education they receive in the school, and the type of work that they are prepared to do. She observed that children in poor schools were prepared to become obedient labourers, while children in elite schools were prepared to become original thinkers and leaders.

Her study confirmed, with rigourous analysis and empirical evidence, the arguments of authors like Bowles and Gintis (Schooling in Capitalist America, 1976), and Bourdieu and Passeron (Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture, 1977) on the role of schools in reproducing social inequalities.

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