Education enables students to achieve a higher academic performance. However, many students in the United States are unable to achieve possible education opportunities due to poverty today. Students are expected to acquire a quality education, but the costs of schooling prevent many children to gain such qualities. Research has shown that 46.2 million people in the U.S. have been living in poverty in 2011. Poverty impacts a child’s capability to learn and process information depending on their background and source of income.
Some downfalls of the public school system are, the unequal amount of funding and resources that can be provided to a school district in a wealthier community compared to in a poor community. Then we have the issue of the school curriculum being too closely related to only the standardized test that provide funding rather than actually making sure the students obtain the education they need. The final problem with the school system is the lack of autonomy in schools, the schools, need to have better social interactions and better collaboration between classrooms to effectively help the students where they struggle. These are all downfalls of the public school system that have major impacts on the final graduation and education a student will achieve over the course of their K-12 schooling
Even if a student passes the remedial class, he or she is not any closer to his or her degree than before, which often discourages many students. According to Meredith Kolodner (2015), “The model that’s used now is a set of prerequisite courses in English and math that presumably will build up the skills of a student so that they can be successful in any college-level course, but that hasn’t been effective” (para. 7). While remedial classes are good in theory, in many cases, they are unnecessary for students if the standard class does not help the student achieve his or her degree. Remedial classes often push students further away from their degrees, and community colleges would benefit from only making students take remedial classes that are required for their degree.
CHAPTER 2 • Cause/s of Failures Students get poor grades involve external factors, like the subject matter is too challenging that makes the students unable to follow in the discussion. The other reasons have to with poor attitudes, like not doing homework dillydallying, and skipping class. Lastly, there are reasons related to personal issues, such as test anxiety and concentrating problems. (Kurtus, 2012) • Student-related Factors • Not Ready for College Students aren’t prepared for post-secondary work and lack foundational skills that hinder to achieve passing grades. Many students don’t learn those skills in grade school and high school, that when they reach college they aren’t ready for the demands of being a college student (“Why Do Students Fail?
Which leads to the major problem, some school districts can’t afford them. Schools in low income areas already don’t have enough money to cover their expenses, let alone enough to cover the expenses of new textbooks. Ultimately, the people who suffer the most are the students. Noal Cochran, the Superintendent of the school district in Richton, Mississippi, struggles with the decisions of distributing money. When faced with the decision on which subject got new books he chose history, because science textbooks would need less updating (Mader).
As seen with the video titled “The Race of Life” students who have both parents in their home are automatically given an advantage in school than those who are raised by single parent households (Section 2/14/18). This inhibits how many students receive education about how to participate in democracy, leaving them unable to engage in even the simplest civics related discussions. Students who are not wealthy receive unfair education to those who are. This inherent inequality is best stated in Richard Rothstein’s piece where he describes the different reasons students can be performing badly in school simply because of the socioeconomic status they were born into. He says “The individual predictors of low achievement are well documented… With fewer family resources, their college ambitions are constrained (Johnson, In Progress)” (Rothstein 2).
“I believe that some of this acting-out behavior is due to the pressure that is starting to be applied when the child starts in middle school and life-goals start to be identified.” (A Generation Struggling) In this example, this is not accurate because the rich kids actually can have standards to become successful, the Greasers do not set up expectations in education for themselves, they are rather expected to be drop out nobodies. This quote is reasonable because yes, Socs can be pressured ad not feel accepted or worth their parent’s expectations, which may be very difficult to deal with, but the Greasers don’t even possess standards of achievement in their lives. "Unfortunately, upon graduating from high school, a growing percentage of these affluent youth will discover the world is not circling around them. For those who enroll in college the message is “Work Hard and Party Hard” which may be their academic undoing as they fail to attend class or turn in assignments. Expectations for good grades may create stress on the student as they (or their parents) can no longer bully the professor into assigning a higher grade.” This opposing thesis is not valid because these kids which “struggle” with academic success, which is a struggle with some of heir lives, focus on the fact that they are so pressured to do well in school without their parents and have to be a exceeding well off person based off their success.. in which they should be grateful on of their greater problems.
This greatly limits their access to opportunities and general knowledge of the education system. Southeast Asian parents who are not able to fully communicate in English may miss important information that would be beneficial for their students’ success. These parents are unable to successfully navigate the American school systems, and they often feel unwelcome in the school setting due to cultural boundaries. This and their limited English abilities often restrict their communication with teachers and other school officials that would otherwise help their children succeed. Some parents may also have no higher education, or have had any formal education at all.
Guiding and teaching responsibilities, for instance, doing homework, school clubs and sports fosters independent growth. Children and adolescents living in poverty go to school without proper nutrition. Attending school without eating healthy nutrient dense foods negatively affect performance in school. Often students who reside in low-income areas can’t shop stores with better quality foods. Low-tier schools are fixated on food deserts surrounded by alcohol and tobacco and behavior contradicting healthy behavior.
Bertrand A. Russell (1872-1970) English philosopher, mathematician, and writer. People who lack education are the people who are not been taught. The cause of this is that the majority of the people are poor. There are even people who stop their children to go to schools because they want them to work, again the issue here is money. They want them to work and not be educated.
In some nations, school students are expected to reach strict government targets and teachers of schools do not possess time to explain some concepts to some children, who are not in a position to understand the concepts when teaching for the first time. Therefore, parents of these children are forced to opt for private tuitions and particularly for subjects like chemistry, physics, mathematics and English many children are looking for some sort of additional coaching and parents are not in a position to offer the right kind of coaching they require and so they are opting for private tuition
The children of the undocumented are often subjected to countless disadvantages throughout not only their social lives but their academic experiences also. In many cases, the parents of the children come with little to no education, leaving the student rather isolated in the experience(Racial Domination).Whether or not the child was born in the United States or also crossed over the academic disadvantages seem to follow the child through their lives. From early ages many of the children of the undocumented are forced to go to schools in which they do not receive the same level of education or opportunities as kids whose parents make more money(white kids). Because their parents are forced to live in the shadows many can not even have open conversations with their kids teachers for free of persecution. In recent reports there have even been elementary schools which have been raided by immigration or (ICE) in order to both deport the children and their parents.
Long-term effects of chronic absenteeism include low socioeconomic status in adulthood, social and emotional difficulties, and psychiatric disorders (Kearney & Graczyk, 2013). This research seeks to improve attendance among students at Second Start Alternative High School. Many students are not receiving academic credit due to their lack of attendance. The target problem is defined as frequent absenteeism. Students who are not accomplishing an attendance rate of eighty-five percent can be determined as frequently absent.