As for intellectual development in working class children, working-class homes lack books, educational toys and activities that stimulate educational development. This could be due to the fact that the parents cannot afford it, they don’t have any free time to sit down and help their children with their educational needs or because the parent didn’t receive good grades when they went to school so therefore they are not fussed about their child’s education. This means that these children start school at a disadvantage. Middle-class children would have already been brought up with educational toys and activities and their parents would have probably read to them from a young age. This shows that working-class parents cannot afford to buy expensive toys and books to help their children throughout school as well as the fact that working-class parents can lack confidence if they have had a poor education themselves.
Material deprivation can also extend to before formal education, with middle class young children being given educational toys, whilst working class children are far less likely to receive these expensive toys and are more likely to be given non-educational toys. This is arguably one of the most important factors, as it is a huge hindrance on the intellectual development of an individual to be cut off from information that their peers have access to, and that they need to be effective in their progression through the education system. Cultural deprivation is a theory stemming from home background that is argued to have an effect on educational achievement. Cultural deprivation is the inadequate socialisation and pre-primary education of young children. Cultural deprivation can include speech codes, the way parents interact with their children and the values children inherit.
Misconceptions about the poor are commonly made. Many label the impoverished as being individuals who do not value there education. The impoverished are often looked at as people who fail to invest in their human capital and take interest in growing and receiving an education. The problem is not that the poor do not value their education; the problem is the disparities in education and the education gap of lower-income children and their peers. Lower-income children are not always given the same opportunity to receive a high quality education.
Fortunately not all the best teachers work in private education. So paying for education does not always give you a better chance of learning. Education is not all about cramming children with facts and dates, foreign languages and scientific equations; it is also about preparing the child for life. Students in paying education are often segregated from the ‘real’ world and can find it harder to progress in life once their education has finished as they have mostly been protected and cosseted within their own social class system. Most parents want a good education for their children and to give them the best start in life but not all parents have the income required to pay the sometimes astronomical school fees.
Where I come from people who are in poverty are on welfare and they seem to work the system just so they do not have to work, but now after watching the video it has definitely opened up my eyes to what is really going on. Most people can’t help their situation especially where I am from because there are not many jobs available. Now I do understand that they have the choice to finish school or maybe no depending on their family situation. But if they are not able at the time they should at least go get their GED. Sometimes even having that may not get you a good enough job to provide for your family.
| Poverty | Economic Factor | Poverty is an Economic Factor because without the money to pay for good education or extra support the child may not do very well academically it has been proven that children who live in poverty do not perform as well as more affluent children. | Housing and Community | Economic Factor | Housing is an Economic Factor and can have an impact on the safety of the children brought up in the area. If they live in a poor area and live in bad conditions this will have a detrimental effect on the child. | Educational Environment | Economic Factor | The Educational environment is an Economic Factor. Affluent children may go to private school and perform really well.
Most of the times these kids don’t have someone to support them, and care for them. I feel like you shouldn’t deprive a student of his/her education, or not care about their education. These kids go through a lot living in certain areas, so you can’t be there for them because you think they are bad kids. If anything you are suppose to guide them, and believe in them.
In working class families, they lack educational books, toys and activities for their children. Thus, children from working class backgrounds start school without having an intellectual background, which ends up affecting their progress. For example, a sociologist named Douglas found that children from working class backgrounds scored lower on their tests. This is because working class parents are less likely to motivate and support their children by reading with them because they don’t have enough time unlike middle class parents who do. The second feature of cultural deprivation is language.
This is a big influence on student’s educational achievement as they do not have enough money to buy the necessary equipment for school such as revision guides. Also, if a student comes from a poor background, the house is more likely to be overcrowded. This means that they do not have a quiet place to study and do their homework which puts them at a disadvantage. Thay may not be able to afford educational trips etc. this is known as cultural deprivation.
Sociologists say that parents and children lack the skills and knowledge to succeed and for their children to succeed. They also say that they haven’t been given the right skills or equipment to succeed. J.W.B Douglas said that working class homes lacked books, toys and educational resources for the child and the parent is less likely to spend time helping the child out, these parents were the parents who didn’t attend parent’s evenings or school events. Whereas middle class parents were keen to support their child and child’s school and visited the school events. These parents focused on their child’s future and knew how to help them out.