The Societal Influences on the Educational Impact of Students

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The societal influences on the educational impact of students are numerous. Two of the most important are income inequality and technology Income inequality and the effects on education have been at the heart of a contentious debate. As researcher Sean Reardon of Stanford University, explained recently in The New York Times: “We have moved from a society in the 1950s and 1960s, in which race was more consequential than family income, to one today in which family income appears more determinative of educational success than race” (Tavernise, 2012, para 4). The effects of income inequality are wide and equally disparaging. Income equality has numerous influences on society, particularly educational attainment. Education is considered an equalizer in society, capable of improving the chance for success for disadvantage students (Tavernise, 2012). The rising income inequality has been paralleled by a similar increase in academic achievement gradient. Research indicates that students from families that fall below the poverty line have a decreased chance of achieving educational attainment. The aforementioned is troubling since educational attainment is one of the mechanisms for absconding poverty (Reardon, 2011). More than one in five U.S. children live in poverty, the rate is remarkably higher for Black and Hispanic children raised in a single parent household (UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2012). Students from affluent families tend to excel academically as compared to
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