Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lit Review 5

Saunders, Daniel. The Impact of Neoliberalism on College Students. Journal of College and
Character, 2007.

This scholarly article is written by Daniel Saunders. He writes about the impact of neoliberalism on college students. He writes how neoliberalism is taking the learning experience out of college and making it of an item which has cost and benefit but no intrinsic value. He writes of college as something you buy to benefit yourself extrinsically- for the sake of having a degree- rather than intrinsically- for the sake of furthering your education and knowledge in a particular subject. College has become something that society has forced into a social norm that students "have to go to" in order to be accepted in the modern world. Not only accepted by people, but to be able to get a job that pays more than minimum wage. We are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a piece of paper saying that we earned a degree and we are getting nothing more out of it other than that according to Saunders.

In the neoliberal world, education is increasingly dominated by individualistic goals and extrinsic benefits in which students are consumers of an educational product” (Saunders).

“No longer is education seen as a social good with intrinsic value, but instead it has been reconceptualized as a commodity that a student purchases for his or her own gain” (Saunders).

Research blog #9

My argument is that attending an Ivy League/Elite school is not the right choice for everyone because it takes away from a student's experience of finding their identity as well as enforces a gap between the ordinary- those who don't attend an elite school and the "elite"- those who do. Frank Bruni writes how you can attend any college and still end up successful. I do agree with his argument but he fails to recognize the entitlement that elite students receive just by attending an Ivy League or highly respected school. Jobs see the brand name title and automatically give the Ivy student the upper hand. Especially jobs on Wall Street which Ho writes about, go straight to the Ivy League schools to recruit. Basically, Ivy League students have the unfair advantage when it comes to getting a job. The reason why this advantage is termed to be 'unfair' is because most students who actually do go to an Ivy League are there because of an external factor. The external factor can be socioeconomic class, legacy of a family member who attended, ability to give generous donations to the school, being an athlete, or being of a certain race/demographic that the school needs to fulfill. The admissions process proves to be skewed with about 50% of students being accepted for one of the factors listed previously. Almost a majority of the class is of special privilege taking away the spot from someone who may have been the perfectly well rounded candidate but did not make the cut.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Research blog #8

For my primary source, I tend to use Deresiewicz' works as well as Frank Bruni's piece. I enjoy their style of writing because both authors have a lot to say about the status of the Ivy League and how it is not a type of school for every individual. Deresiewicz always comments on the individual identity that an Ivy League student lacks. He finds that identity gets lost in a student of an elite school because of their entitlement, avoidance of risks and their journey in which they already have an ensured destination. Bruni, writes how a public school education can be just as- if not more- of a valued education and experience in finding one's self identity through learning and socializing in an independent environment. Diversity is a great difference between public and elite schools which thoroughly changes an individual's perception of the real work and the working world. I think that both of these pieces add to my paper and argument.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Research blog 7

I need to focus in on a cse, right now I only have a bunch of separate ones...

Research blog 6

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The first image- the book with the magnifying glass symbolizes that when you look deep enough into a subject, there are always truths hidden from the public eye. Basically that you can't judge a book by it's cover because nothing is always as it seems. In the instance of Ivy League schools, everyone who thinks about getting a "great, well-renowned, elite" education thinks about going to an Ivy but what they don't know is how stressed the students are, how they are not getting the full college experience, how biased the admissions process is, and what they gain from attending a "non- elite" school like diversity and opportunity without the spoon fed entitlement.

The second image is a graph of how hard it is and will be to be accepted into an Ivy League college for the years coming. The acceptance rate is becoming smaller with each year making the class even more selectively elite and less diverse. What people do not know is that legacies give the applicant an upper hand as well as what high school you came from. Many characteristics are pre selected to the University's admissions department likings. This skew makes it hard for an "ordinary" student with no ties to the University,  no excess money they can donate to the school, and no outstanding resume from high school to be accepted. Ivy League schools rarely consider the external factors that students are in due to circumstances of chance like the neighborhood they grew up in, the amount of free time they have to become a 'well-rounded' student, and their socioeconomic status.

Monday, November 2, 2015

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Literature review #4

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Creating a Class by Mitchell Stevens

Summary: This book was useful for my paper because it showed aspects of how elitist schools create a class that is hard to enter. This class can be defined at elitist wealthy educated people in which anyone from a low SES class is unaccepted and cannot even enter due to obstacles and circumstances that they cannot overcome. He writes about a thesis called the reproduction thesis which says that classes are and always will be unequal and that is predetermined.

quotes: "Reproduction Thesis which holds that variation in educational attainment essentially is a coating for pre-existing class inequalities"
"Transformation thesis makes different sense of the very same correlation between family privilege and educational attainment"
"We tend to be suspicious when institutions make exceptions to their officially universal rules, using terms like special preferences and discrimination to call foul on the deviations"

Mitchell Stevens is working on developing a more comprehensive "supply-side" social science of U.S. colleges and universities. He also is at work on a large-scale study of how U.S. universities organize research and instruction about the rest of the world.

Values: This book is of value to me because I like the theory it provides and information I can use to strengthen my argument about why Ivy Leagues help widen the gap and hold elites on a pedestal.