The Problem Of Poverty Stricken Schools

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Poverty Stricken Schools Education is defined in our book as “the process through which academic, social and cultural ideas and tools, both general and specific, are developed” (Conley 497). In America children and young adults get an education through schools, either public or private. The focus of this paper will be on the public school system, but mainly the lower class public schools. Many problems with schools can be traced back to social concepts such as social values and norms. The hidden curriculum being taught in schools plays a part as well. In order to provide further insight into the issue I will discuss Robert Merton’s role theory. Schools in low income areas seem to be struggling this is because their social values and norms, the hidden curriculum being taught, which all can be explained by the role theory.
The Godfrey-Lee Public Schools are a great example to display how wealth affects education. The Godfrey-Lee school district is located in a poor industrial part of Wyoming, Michigan. The city is filled with abandoned buildings and foreclosed homes, but those are not the only trademarks to show their poverty. If someone looks at Michigan as a whole you will see that 24 percent of children under the age of 18 live in poverty. Then take a look at the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools where 90 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch from the government. Along with the free lunches about 40 percent of the students live below the poverty line.

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