Social Class Links 08/17/2013

  • San Jose State faculty object to offering Harvard On-line courses to their diverse students on the grounds that it amplifies the “upstairs/ downstairs” divide of higher education.

    “We have a very diverse student body and we’re very proud of that,” Hadreas said. “But they would watch Michael Sandel teach Harvard students and he would interpolate into his talks and dialogues how privileged they were. And they were for the most part, certainly to a greater extent, white than our student body. So we’ve got, on the one hand, this strange sort of upstairs/downstairs situation where the lower-class people could look at how the upper-class people were being educated. We thought that was just flat out insulting, in a way, to the students and certainly not pedagogically reinforcing.””

    tags: social class

  • Two parent households earning over $106,640  in the Northeast (hardly the upper limits of income in the U.S.) spend $12,000 more a year raising each child than a single parent earning under $60, 640.  

    “Higher income parents spend more on nearly every item with a discretionary component. That adds up to Montessori instead of in-home day care; houses in stronger school districts; and more money spent on activities, travel and other miscellany that the lower-income child either doesn’t “need” or just doesn’t get.”

    tags: social class

  • Not “family values”. Not intellectual disengagement. Not even a legacy of mediocre k-12 teachers, as we would be encouraged to believe. Instead, for some students, the unwieldy financial aid paperwork discourages college going.

    “A rigorous randomized experiment led by top economists demonstrated that helping students complete that form increases their rates of college attendance and completion. Susan Dynarski, a professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan, and her colleagues have shown time and again that simplification of the application is possible and desirable.

    But despite this evidence and significant efforts devoted to making policy changes, the form hasn’t gotten much shorter or easier to complete.”

    tags: social class Fasfa

  • More on blaming first -generation students for not always understanding the rules of the college game when those rule are largely hidden from them.

    “We laugh at the young lady with a for-profit safety school. But she’d worked through huge material, spatial, and symbolic enclosures to learn some of the more explicit rules of a largely implicit admissions game. That even with all of her ingenuity and effort she still couldn’t figure out the game says more about the game than it does her.”

    tags: social class access

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