Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work appeals to pathos because of the serious and straight forward tone of the author. Her tone makes the reader understand that children receiving unequal education is a serious issue. For example, when the author mentions, in his tone, the working-class schools and the significant difference it has to the middle-class schools the reader feels bothersome emotions due to the inequality.
Jean Anyon’s main argument in Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work is that students receive a different education based on their community and the community the school is located in. Jean divided the schools into four categories the working-class schools, middle-class schools, affluent professional schools and the executive elite schools. An example for student receiving different education based on their community is the working-class schools mainly teach how to follow procedure, but aren’t really taught how to make decisions or have choice. Where in executive elite schools, their focus is to expand a student’s intelligence and are known for having the best academics.
"The foregoing analysis of differences in schoolwork in contrasting social class contexts suggests the following conclusion: the 'hidden curriculum' of schoolwork is tacit preparation for relating to the process of production in a particular way. Differing curricular, pedagogical, and pupil evaluation practices emphasize different cognitive and behavioral skills in each social setting and thus contribute to the development in the children of certain potential relationships to physical and symbolic capital,11 to authority, and to the process of work" (Anyon 184).
more students from higher social/ economic classas will go on to higher education;and more students from lower social classes will seek vocational careers. There are many more options now in 2004, than when Jean Anyon wrote her article in 1980 on "hidden curriculum " in schools. There are religion based school, private academies, and specialized charter school appearing everywhere. Every guardian and student should research decide what they want from their education, and choose a school accordingly.