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SOCIOLOGY IN THE MEDIA“More Schools Hit Poverty Threshold.”by Christian Armario The Boston Globe; May 28, 2010 US Department of Education found that the percent of high poverty schools rose from 12 percent to17 percent between the 1999-2000 and 2007-2008 school years. The number of schools with at leastthree quarters of their children eligible for free or reduced lunch has hit an all time high. This is anexample of relative poverty and as well as a poverty line and indicator.1.Choose one of the theories listed in your book (conflict, functional, symbolic interactionism, orfeminist) and briefly describe the major tenets of the theory. Then answer questions 2-3 throughthe lens of your chosen theory.NO SOURCE ATTACHED FOR BOOK REFERENCE2.How do reduced and free lunches impact schools?The students are only applying and getting admissions to these schools is to get free meal program andas result are not getting graduated from the schools as they compromise their studies.3.What does this say about society?The statistics reveal the depth and grasp of poverty in the society and how this poverty is affecting theeducation system.APPLYING SOCIOLOGY TO YOUR LIFEList the three occupations that you consider the most prestigious. What factors make these the mostprestige (some examples may be power, income, respect, etc)?Which theoretical perspective bestsupports the reasoning behind your ranking? Why?Occupations as per prestige1.Surgeon2.Professor3.ScientistThe reason behind the criteria of sorting is based on the responsibility that is shared by the profession.Surgeons are highly intellectual persons and they are responsible for saving numerous lives and thatmakes them the most suitable option. Being a professor is a very good profession as it involves shapingthe future of students. They are seen as modest, highly educated and disciplined which is again based onrespect domain. And lastly, Scientists that offer great potential and services to make lives easy andextend their services to every domain. So overall, the criteria for choosing these occupations is entirelybased on respect, rather than income and power.
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