The Effects Of Class Standing On Education Education Essay

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Nowadays, two relevant problems in America are the enormous gap between social classes and the intensity of economy. Among all other nations, The United States has the great gap between rich and poor. The impacts of current class status have a major effect on American economy and the ability to be successful. Upper classes have more advantages on education because they receive a lot of financial support from their family. Unlike the upper class, poor students could not achieve their goal easily due to the lack of education since they could not afford to go to college and university. The government should lower the student loan rate and give out more affordable education programs to low income students; moreover, disadvantage students would also need plentiful amount of motivation from their family and reinforce them through self discipline in order to do well in school and become successful in their life.

Most people who live in poverty do not get enough education because they could not afford to get in college or university. Even though, the government has provided many programs, such as financial aid and scholarships, for students from low-income family to go to college, but it is still not enough. According to Gregory Mantsios, from "Class in America" states School performance (grades and test scored) and educational attainment (level of schooling completed) also correlate strongly with economic class" (314). From the beginning, poor people do not have enough time and money to do well in school. Students may miss classes from school to take care of family business such as nursing sick younger brother at home when parents cannot afford to take time off from work. Working class students could also experience a difficulty buying textbooks, or equipment needed to study. Furthermore, their parents could not provide for them a personal room for study or private tutoring sessions. The parents are unable to afford housing that nearby school for most effective education, and they are fearful of the debts from higher education. Hence, most young people from the working class leave school early and are in a greater disadvantage when seeking for jobs because of the lack of basic skills and knowledge that they have missed out from school.

On the other hand, wealthy students have provided enough knowledge and material from outside tutoring so they attempt to do well in school and spend less time in college than others, like Mantisios has mentioned "the higher the student's social status, the higher the probability that he or she will get higher grades."(315). Small amount of people would overcome their situation to study well and get a degree in order to get a secured job and able to merge into the middle class lifestyle; others still have to struggle themselves with their family and have to drop out school and get a job to support their need. Unlike the working class, the upper class could afford for their children to study in outstanding private schools that is much helpful for them to do well on special difficult examinations because they provide excellence quality of resources and education. However, those private schools require a specific GPA score and have very expensive fees. Additionally, most of upper class families give their children more support and attention than they had; on the other hand, children comes from disadvantage family has less emphasis from parents.

In order to help those disadvantage students to do well in school, the government should lower the loan rate and open more schools with affordable fees, so that low income student could manage their time, and money to attend to college. Many students are afraid to borrow student loans because they wouldn't be able pay it after graduation. Also, the expenses to get classes in college and university are so high and students need to borrow more money which leads them to turn to unaffordable loan for rescue. For example, researchers from PCC show that there are only 35% of students graduate with an AA degree, certificate or transfer to another college after 6 years in school which included 55% are Asians, 23% are whites, 15%-19% are Latino, and the rest is African-American and others. Low-income students are supported with financial aid from government but it is only cover the payments for total twelve semesters for each person for their entire life. Students usually spend at least 4 years in college; still, many students who do not get enough education in high school need to spend more time in college. Their financial aid would expired before they are about to transfer to other university, and they force to borrow money from the government if they want to continue their education. On the other hand, graduated students do not guarantee to get a job after they have their degrees so they need to consider carefully when they want to borrow money from the government. Borrower should make sure that their major is on demand so that they could easily get a job after they are graduated.

Furthermore, disadvantage students also need a lot of attention from family to encourage them believes in their ability to attain their goal. Just by simply reminding a child at home to finish their homework daily and regularly checking for their grades in school; in the same way, giving out positive reactions to the grades that they have received and provide appropriate advice. It would help them not get neglected on studying and get ahead in school. Parents should have an open mind and let their children choose their major that they really want to study, but not forcing them to follow a career that they do not have interest in because they could waste time and money trying to pass that unsuitable course for them.

Nevertheless, besides family mentally support, students need to create for themselves a serious attitude on their learning process. They would somehow acknowledge their situation they live and therefore realize how important education means to them. I could really helpful for them to create their own place to study; by having a favorite place to study, it gives them a feeling of studying as enjoyment and leaves in them a habit to study and do homework regularly. On the other hand, many students have the advantage in financial support from family could not feed the need to study hard and would also fail in school. For that reason, disadvantage students are eager to learn and more willingly to overcome their unpleasant situation they live in to achieve their goal.

In conclusion, American class standing has affected education depending on how wealthy they are. By lowing loan rate down, disadvantage students now can afford more courses from university which cost more money than in college. Even though not everyone has an equal chance to success, but with the motivation from family and self reinforcement, nothing can stop them when they have so much ambition in them to finish their goal whether they are rich or poor.