The Importance Of Socioeconomic Status In Education

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Socioeconomic status is the social class of an individual or group. It is often measured as a combination of education, income and occupation. Socioeconomic status can affect an individual’s quality of life attributes, opportunities and privileges. Finn outlines different socioeconomic levels that exist in schools while diving into the educational practices that are common for each school. These types of schools include executive elite, affluent professional, middle class, and working class schools. Executive elite schools had students whose family were top corporate executives in multinational corporations or Wall Street. Affluent professional schools had students whose family were doctors, TV and advertising executives and other highly paid professionals. Middle class schools had students whose family were a mixture of highly skilled, well paid blue and white collar workers that included teachers. Working class schools had students whose family were blue collar workers and unemployed.
We can make assumptions on individuals based on where they live and where they grew up, as well as what college they went to, which can lead to the start of knowing one’s socioeconomic level. We, as educators are forced to start our assumptions of our students based off the neighborhood of the school and the professional development provided by our school. I know that all of the schools I have worked in have told me about my students before ever meeting them. When I worked in Brooklyn Heights
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