Impact of Social Class Differences in Education

The ability of someone to succeed in life is always dependent on the capability and skills he has. motivated he is also playing a role in determining whether he will succeed or not. This is also applicable to education. It is difficult for anybody to succeed in their education if they are not motivated enough. However, other factors can affect the education of a child. Sociologists believe that social class is another important factor that determines the performance of a child in school. The academic performance of a child can be explained based on the class culture and the educational resources that a child get. Obviously, children from low social classes are unable to afford high-quality materials and resources that can be used for purposes of improving their academic performance. In this article, we are going to talk about how social class differences have an impact on the kind of education that a child can have access to. While explaining the role of social class in the education process of a child, there is a need of considering how material deprivation affects education. Note that, material deprivation involves a situation where a child is unable to afford some of the basic materials to use in education. This includes books, computers, or access to other education services that can help him to improve his academic performances. Here are some of the materials factors that can affect the capability of a child to perform well in school: • Housing conditions. Children from low social class are unable to have access to high-quality housing conditions. This would mean that they do not have enough space to study at home. This may result in their inability to finish their home assignments. Moreover, they may be unable to read and study at home, hence, limiting their capability to perform well in school. • Poor diet. It is a known fact that a good diet has the capability of improving the cognitive development of a child. Moreover, a poor diet will do exactly the opposite. Children from low social class may not have access to a high-quality diet that may improve their cognitive development. • Difficulty in affording a higher education. Research indicates that people from a low social class are always vulnerable to dropping from school. Most of them are unable to finish high school or to continue for higher education because they may be unable to afford college fees associated or to pay other costs associated with going to school. • Part-time jobs. Students from poor background are likely to take part time jobs. This means less time for studies, which will ultimately affect the quality of their performances. Finally, poverty has the capability of negatively affecting the quality of education a child gets. Research indicates that students from more affluent backgrounds normally perform well in school, and they are likely to attain higher education. This is because rates of dropping out of school are low.