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Hidden Curriculum

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Definition: Hidden curriculum is a concept that describes the often unarticulated and unacknowledged things that students are taught in school and is an important issue in the sociological study of how schools generate social inequality. For example, female students, students in lower-class families, or those belonging to subordinate racial categories, are often treated in ways that create or reinforce inferior self-images. They are also often granted little trust, independence, or autonomy and are thus willing to submit to authority for the rest of their lives. On the other hand, students who belong to dominant social groups tend to be treated in ways that enhance their self-esteem, independence, and autonomy and are therefore more likely to be successful.

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