Class Consciousness

Topics: Working class, Middle class, Social class Pages: 2 (836 words) Published: November 22, 2009
Class Consciousness

I believe that both Friere and Marx made strong arguments in their writings. I feel that in one way or another thoughts and beliefs affect all of us on a daily basis. Friere believes that teachers oppress their students by using their knowledge as a weapon. Marx believes that the Bourgeoisie hold the power because they have more money than the proletariat. I feel that there are still class separations in today's society. I believe that people will always be judged by their job, where they live, or how much money they have. I consider myself to be of the working class. I work a full-time job, go to school, and take care of my two year old son. I know what it's like to struggle and live paycheck to paycheck. I constantly have to worry about whether or not I will have enough money to pay my bills or buy my son the things he wants. My main goal in life is to be able to provide the best possible life for my son and myself. I feel that by struggling and having to work for everything I have, it has made me appreciate the things I have and not take anything for granted. I don't necessarily believe that there is a class separation between college students. I think that for the most part we are all working towards the same goal. I also feel that as students we can understand each others positions and have a mutual respect for one another. At the end of the day we are all trying to ensure that we will have a stable and profitable future.

In Friere's text he explains how teachers use their position and knowledge to suppress their students. Friere goes on to explain that teachers don't really teach their students, they just tell them what they want them to know and expect the students to memorize. There are some teachers that won't explain what they are saying, and do not want to hear the students opinions. I feel there are some teachers like this, but for the most part I feel that teachers want their students to learn and grow. I...
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