Experiences of Economic and Educational Exclusion
This chapter attempts to establish a correlation between the students’ experiences inside the school and their daily lives outside of it, as subject to political, economic, and cultural forces. This phenomenon is observed through the microinteractions of everyday life in the school as the latter is restructured in order to accommodate present-day demands. Social reproduction and oppositional behavior play a significant role in these microlevel dynamics. Most urban students are offered a wider range of educational possibilities, and can attend either college-preparatory institutions or receive technical or vocational training. Still others are sorted into the “rough” schools as a consequence of the current educational system and the heavier penalties it imposes on students of color. In that vein, it is not difficult to view the primary function of these schools as the penal management of excluded youth.
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