SOC 203 Week 2 Quiz

SOC 203 Week 2 Quiz

SOC 203 Week 2 Quiz

1.         The No Child Left Behind Act has been criticized for ALL BUT ONE of the following:

 focusing on test scores

 desegregation practices

narrowing the curriculum

lowering standards


 2.        Which of the sociological perspectives argues that funding does not always directly correlate to student success?




Symbolic Interactionism


 3.        Which country was the first to legalize gay marriage?

The United States

South Africa


The Netherlands


 4.        Annette Laureau’s book Unequal Childhoods suggests that the parents’ ___________________  directly impacts a child’s chances of academic success.

 social class


cultural capital

 marital status


 5.        What type of inequities do conflict theorists focus on when considering educational issues?







 6.        Public schools maintain an ethnic and economic diversity that reflects the national population rather than the local one.




 7.        According to Paul Willis in his book, Learning to Labour, teaching styles differ in schools depending on the __________________ of the students.






 8.        Which theoretical perspective suggests that racial inequalities serve a purpose in social structure and political life?






 9.        Which of the following disciplines are women less likely to study, leading to education-related economic inequality?


 Applied sciences




10.      When were Jim Crow segregation laws imposed in the United States?

The 17th century

The 18th century

 The 19th century

The 20th century 

The videos required for this discussion each touch on overlapping social problems. Although we will examine education, inequality, and race, each of which can be defined as a social problem or major component of larger social problems, the basis of our discussion is based on a simple argument: 

a. Education is an effective tool in our efforts to build a more equitable society. 

b. Therefore, equal educational opportunities must be available to all citizens. 

In the video, Affirmative Action vs. Cultural Diversity, Tom Brokaw asks: “How do we remedy the historic mistreatment of deserving black Americans without punishing deserving white Americans today?” 

Our efforts to address the problems of racial inequality have been centered in on one of our most important social institutions – education. While the schools of this country are a local place to focus these efforts, can we fix one problem without creating another? 

As always, we want more than your opinions. This question overlaps several chapters of our text, including an examination of education, race, and inequality. As such, we may see references to several chapters.

We should also see evidence of additional research, properly cited, in support of positions offered in our responses.