I will show how my learning was shaped through this theory and then show how my return to school impacted reflexive modernism, globalization and the learning society have had on me as I came back to school to get a Masters degree.I started school in compulsory education which was mandatory for every school child when they reached the legal age of six. Because I came from the wrong side of Saudi Arabia, I can see as I look back how in some sense it was like the way that Connell (2003) talked about working-class families. Connell states that the state-funded schools and working-class communities had a relationship that has created problems of social justice (p. 1). I came back to formal study because I knew that I needed to upgrade my skills. Some of the factors that brought me back to university beyond my need to upgrade skills included a change in the style of education in the schools that required teachers to be more computer literate, I want to move into a management position to improve my income.My education has been difficult at times because in my high school years I found education to be very boring. I did not like school because I had difficulty with English and Arabic as well as physics. It was mandatory that all Saudis seek knowledge and school were supposed to help us do this but the government controlled what we were taught. The Conflict Theory reflects how my learning went because it suggests that a society define social groups as to social class, gender, race, and age and that depending on where one fits in these issues, they have access to education, healthcare and other services (Allen, 2001, p. 6).
The Learning Society and Learning Identities