Essay on Social Class in the Classroom

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Social class has a large effect on the lifestyles of all Americans. But what does it really mean to be a part of the lower, middle or upper class? These divisions of social class are defined by aspects such as family income and lifestyle; however, education plays a large role in determining ones social class. That does not mean that it will determine success in ones life but to interpret, many people with a further education usually have a higher income as well. Those of the upper class have higher standards for education and career aspirations in contrast to those of the lower and middle class. Besides the differentiation of aspirations of the individuals of each social class, it is also used to determine who will go to college, depending …show more content…
Not only is it stereotypical that students who come from a lower class family, have a weaker vocabulary, but some tend to believe that their level of academic readiness can not measure up to those from a higher social class. As quoted from Lee Warren, “differing levels of preparation and academic sophistication can sometimes be attributed to class background and the quality of previous schooling” (Class in the Classroom 2). While the type of previous schooling and preparation for school can demonstrate a student’s socioeconomic class background; In contrast, author Richard Rothstein argues in his article, “The Social and Economic Realities That Challenge All Schools” that:
“the success of some lower class students proves nothing about the power of schools …between low-income and middle-class children…on average, the achievement of low-income students is below that of middle-class students, but there are always some middle-class students who achieve below typical low-income levels; similarly, some low-income students achieve above typical middle-class levels.”
Which demonstrates that the type of school a student attends can be effective towards their education, however, it is up to the student to take advantage of the education they are receiving. Just
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