In the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”
Goffman, A. (2015). How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and Others for Prison [ED2015]. Retrieved from
Choose One question to answer in your response –
Education is often the central factor in understanding inequality in America.
a. Explain the role that education plays at the individual level in determining different outcomes and accounting for the effects of different origins (class, race, culture, and gender).
b. How does education explain the national and global trends in inequality by class, race, and gender?
Please ensure you are following the discussion rubric and including a nursing, scholarly journal article in addition to your text book as sources of support.