Journal 1

In order to think about American culture we must think about socio-economic diversity. Socio-economic means that the combination or interaction of social and economic factors, and social-economic diversity is mostly determined by status, such as who you know, financial wealth, education, occupation, and place of residence. This is deeply related to habitus, or the taste that comes from your backgrounds, since it can be said that habitus varies the taste for sports, music, art, and so on. It is obvious that students who go to the good schools are more likely to get the tickets of concerts, museums, and the like. Also there are some stereotypes like tennis is a sport for wealthy people, and poor people don’t usually go to classical music concerts. In terms of what people think, it is said that people who have got good education in a prestigious university have less prejudice and are more open-minded, and those who haven’t are easily affected to extreme ideas since they tend not to have much knowledge and to lack information literacy.

Now I’d like to focus on education and how important it is to get good education, from socio-economic perspectives. According to the research, children who live in poverty have a higher number of absenteeism or leave school all together because they are more likely to have to work or care for family members. Also an academic history is very critical when they work. A study says that a higher percentage of young adults (31%) without a high school diploma live in poverty, compared to the 24% of young people who finished high school. What we can say from these is that poverty decreases the opportunities to get education, and as a result they become poorer and poorer, like a vicious circle. In addition, those who don’t go to a college cannot have connections, and this also means the people they know are limited to those who are in a similar situation.

Then is there any solution to this problem? I think it is necessary for the government to offer students free university education. Some people might argue it should spend more money on economic sectors but some researches show that investing in education results in economic growth, since it decreases the gap between the rich and poor, and also a demand for employment at college rises. Obviously it is essential for us to consider this problem so as to understand the country from various viewpoints.

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