Ramsey states, “Socioeconomic status is ‘an encompassing structure•it relates to virtually every aspect of human psychological development and across a considerable period of time'” (as cited in Gottfried, Gottfried, Bathurst, Guerin, & Parramore, 2003, p. 204)

Ramsey states, “Socioeconomic status is ‘an encompassing structure•it relates to virtually every aspect of human psychological development and across a considerable period of time'” (as cited in Gottfried, Gottfried, Bathurst, Guerin, & Parramore, 2003, p. 204)

There is no doubt that race and socioeconomic status are complicated and far-reaching forces in all of our lives, including the lives of young children. For this Application Assignment, you will have an opportunity to consider your own relationship with each of these important areas of diversity by continuing to write in your Reflective Journal.
For the second portion of your journal entry, review the questions below.

What are my assumptions about why some people are affluent and others are poor? Do I think it is fair? Inevitable?
What do I assume about the race, gender, education, and character of people in different jobs? What images come to mind when I hear that someone is a sanitation worker? A doctor? An assembly-line worker? An executive? A chambermaid? A manager?
Who or what do I blame for disparities in wealth and opportunity? Poor people? Wealthy people? The system? What do I think needs to be changed? Do I want to be a part of that change? If so, in what ways?

Assignment length: 2–3 pages

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