Socializing agents can contribute to a system of inequality by teaching what is expected out of different genders and races. One's parents can create a system of inequality in a child by not valuing education by dismissing the idea of not going on to higher education. One's parents can also...
Socializing agents can contribute to a system of inequality by teaching what is expected out of different genders and races. One's parents can create a system of inequality in a child by not valuing education by dismissing the idea of not going on to higher education. One's parents can also do little to instill a sense of work ethic in a child or properly teach a child right from wrong. This will lead to the child lagging socially behind his/her peers in terms of school and work.
Another socializing agent is one's friends. Children are heavily influenced by their peers. If a child's peers are constantly getting into trouble at school, there is a good chance that the child will be getting into trouble as well. This could lead to social inequality, as the child will be labeled as a troublemaker and thus treated as such in school.
Schools can also lead to social inequality. There is a stereotype that boys are better at math while girls are better at language arts. A teacher may subconsciously call on boys more than girls in a math class, thus leading to the girls not doing as well in math.
Schools also cater more toward audio and visual learners even though there are other types of learning styles. Boys may be branded as being bad at school because they have too much energy and are unable to focus. Certain cultures find it socially acceptable to speak out; however, in a classroom setting this is often seen as unacceptable. Schools reward those who are capable of sitting quietly and doing seatwork; students who cannot are deemed poor students and often treated as such.
The media can also lead to social inequality. For years, women were seldom portrayed as professionals on television and in the movies. A man was to be the breadwinner of the family. Only white men were portrayed as successful. While the media has improved in this respect, many roles for successful people still go for white men. It can send a discouraging message for women or young people of color to not have successful role models.