Hi all! This week we’re discussing the following readings:
- Annette Lareau.. 2002. “Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families.” American Sociological Review 67:747-76.
- Calarco, Jessica McCrory. 2014 “Coached for the Classroom: Parents’ Cultural Transmission and Children’s Reproduction of Educational Inequalities.” American Sociological Review 79(5): 1015–37.
Carefully go over my PowerPoint presentation with voiceover where I explain important ideas and concepts covered in the readings. (To listen to the voiceover you need to go to presentation mode)
Watch the short video below where Lareau herself summarizes her research and here she also mentions what happened to the 12 kids she observed a decade later. Where did they end up? Let’s see…
Lecture Posts Questions:
On the comments section below, address the following questions (answers should be at least 100 words in length and posted by Sunday – This is how participation points are assessed (worth 30% of your final grade!) Please save your comments in a safe document before attempting to post it.
- From my PowerPoint presentation, what still isn’t very clear? Any questions, thoughts or comments you would like to share?
- From the readings are all concepts and ideas clear?
- Summarize the main takeaways from the video.
- Answer the question I asked in the PowerPoint presentation: “If the poor and working-class families’ resources were transformed overnight so that they equaled those of the middle-class families, would their cultural logic of childrearing shift as well? Or, do you think, are there cultural attitudes and beliefs that are substantially independent of economic and social resources that are influencing parents’ practices here?”
- Think of the situation that we are currently living, where abruptly billions of children and teenagers are being homeschooled. How do you think social economic inequalities will play into this? How will different childrearing practices impact the experiences of these children during these unusual times? Do you think these will have long-lasting consequences?