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Current events Article Analysis

Locate an online current events article that discusses an issue of population, community or health. Discuss the article from the three sociological perspectives, considering the following:

How do the demographics of the group affected impact the issue?
What historical and/or contemporary sociological factors complicate the matter?
What are the social, political, and cultural factors that impact the issue?
Finally, examine the issue from at least one of the major sociological perspectives.

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Dear Student,

I have chosen to give you one of the recent online article I am quite familiar with - an article that deals with education in relation to economy. It is not ethnicity specific more than 'strata' specific as it looks at a particular group within the social strata, the article's subject demographic. I hope this solution will help you in this particular problem you have. Use this solution as your guide. This solution is meant to help you with your studies so that you can create a more apt and particular review based on your own ideas. Thank you for using Brainmass. This review follows the APA format.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Article Summary

How Dropouts and the Achievement Gap Hurt the Economy
By Eddie Ramirez, The US News (
30 April, 2009

The article looks at two important social phenomena - academic issues (school drop outs and achievement gap) vis-a-vis the economy. While the Academe and the Economy might seem like two very separate social paradigms, they are actually quite interconnected, even co-dependent in some areas for the purpose of maintaining healthy systems within their respective paradigms (economic and academic). The article, written by Eddie Ramirez and published online via US News' website looks at the study released by Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance (in cooperation with the Gates Foundation), an advocacy organization geared towards the development and promotion of a better quality of life for children. The article lists the result of this study - academic statistics. According to the study while there was a rise in the graduation rates in the top 50 US cities, 53% of High School students in the largest cities do not earn their diploma while 71% of those belonging to far more comfortable families and social situation in the suburbs do. For Chris Swanson, the author of the report, the situation is alarming. His study looked at the economic and employability situation of said dropouts and found that they need help, earning significantly less than those of their suburb High School graduate counterparts. He worries that they will find the economic situation difficult to survive in.

Ramirez notes that a recent prominent study funded by Mckinsey and Co. found that had America financed and worked at bridging academic achievement gap, employability, social and welfare dependence and the US as a risk society would have better coped with the economic downturn ...

Solution Summary

The solution follows the APA format and provides a analysis on an article entitled 'How Dropouts and the Achievement Gap Hurt the Economy' by Eddie Ramirez from USA news. Using a paradigmatic perspective, it explains and explores the political, social & cultural issues associated with the focus of the article - educational achievement in relation to economic stability. The article provides a summary prior to the sociological analysis and also tackles the impact on demographics. References are provided. A word version is attached for easy printing.