Education: The Great Divider

The essay Education: The Great Divider explores the effects of race as a social construct on the Los Angeles public education system in the mid to late 1900s. Los Angeles was identified due to its physical and human landscape that drastically propel the disparities between communities, emphasizing their ethnic and societal differences. The education system is utilized in this essay to demonstrate the power of the media in social change, specifically the effect of images, both actual photographs and fictional street art, on the surrounding community. As the caliber of education in Los Angeles continued to decline, photographers in the media and individuals in the streets used photography and street art as a method of communication to the public in an attempt to promulgate this notion and to combat the declining status of educational equality, and the quality of education itself. This essay demonstrates the weight images can carry, and the diverse reactions of the public based on its relation to the distributer of the image. [166 words]


3 thoughts on “Education: The Great Divider”

  1. I like the idea of looking at the weight of images in the society and I find the thought of using street art as a source an interesting concept, but am wondering how that can be done and compared to professional photography.

  2. Horace Mann once thought the education system to be the “Great Equalizer”. While he is probably rolling in his grave today, it is interesting to see the use of street art as a reflection on the educational system

  3. An interesting topic since I personally do not know much about it, but I’m just wondering where you got the idea to explore this area from?

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