There are many observable differences between students from poor backgrounds and those from rich families back at school. The performance gap amid the poor and the rich keep widening. The differences between the poor and wealthy students are brought majorly by the differences in the total cost per student, and presentation in standard tests.
Based on the cost per student, it is observed that those students who come from affluent families are entitled to quite extensive expenditure (Sabrina, 1). Wealthy families spend more money on their kid as opposed to poor parents. The benefits associated with students from wealthy backgrounds include: they are able to get access to good health care, and can purchase more books to use at home (McKenzie, 1). Moreover, parents are able to employ private tutors or teachers for their children. These advantages make these students stand in a position of doing well at school. These students are generically stress-free as they are well provided with all the basic needs.
On the other hand, students from poor families are commonly affected by mere doubts
They mostly fail to acquire the basics needs, such as food, clothing, and proper shelter (Sabrina, 1). These factors stress these kids, resulting in poor concentration in class thus making them perform poorly. In terms of performance, it is clearly predictable that those students coming from stable backgrounds are in a position of doing better in class as opposed to those from poor backgrounds (Burkam & Valerie, 1). Those students who come from stable families are advantaged and they end up being given particular priorities from teachers, hence, doing better in school. Conversely, those children from poor families are commonly disadvantaged as they are considered incapable of doing well in class (McKenzie, 1). These judgments make them suffer from social stigma thus performing poorly in class. In ordinary circumstances, they remain at the bottom of the list compared to their peers of the same potential (Burkam & Valerie, 1).
Based on cultural capital, the white are argued to be more stable compared to their peer black Americans and the Asian Americans. This makes the culturally stable community drive in numerous priorities and advantages in academics. Students from culturally stable communities are then estimated to do better in academics as they are entitled to favour by their teachers (McKenzie, 1).
Various communities are putting efforts to do away with educational inequalities that exist between the rich and the poor. This eradication can take place through first, teachers being called upon to do away with their discriminatory attitudes towards those kids who come from poor families (McKenzie, 1). Another effort being made is advising parents to abstain from teaching their children hatred while in school on the basis of background differences. The government has also passed laws that favour equity in education.
- Burkam, T. D& Valerie, E. L. Inequality at the starting gate. Multimedia, 2002, Available at < http://www.epi.org/publication/books_starting_gate/
- Sabrina, T. Education gap grows between the rich and the poor. New York Times, 2012 Available at from < http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/education/education-gap-grows-between-rich-and-poor-studies-show.html?pagewanted=all
- McKenzie, B. America’s rich/poor education gap. Dallas News, 2012 Available at from < http://educationfrontblog.dallasnews.com/2012/03/americas-richpoor-education-ga.html/