Only 41 percent of poorer children grow up in homes with married parents, down from 77 percent four decades ago. That has hurt poorer children’s chances of success, since children who live with both of their parents are more likely, even accounting for income, to fare better in school, stay out of trouble with the law, maintain lasting relationships, and earn higher incomes as adults. (Kenworthy 3). The changes of poorer children having access to various opportunities are very slender compared to rich children. They are most likely to hit every hurdle there is, before ever attaining their goals. Class division hinder individuals from job opportunities. For example, a person applying for a job, the employer will most likely do a background check which may result in a decline of employment due to their social standing. They will automatically see that the person is from a lower-class division. Resulting in discrimination against the person because of his/her social class. Not only are people being deprived of attaining the American dream because of discrimination but as well as Inequality and the lack of opportunity. Education plays signification role when it comes to having a brighter future. Without education, it's almost impossible to find a decent paying job. For example, researcher Shobe and Narine report that, "individual with an advanced education are more likely to be employed, have higher earnings, receive more benefits, and have access to increased opportunities for
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as Mr. Bill Gates stated at a college commencement speech at Harvard University in 2007 while he getting his bachelor degree, inequality is a serious social issue existing everywhere around us.
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The schools that cater to lower class students don’t rise to the standards that other schools are held to. Many of the schools in poorer neighborhoods have fewer resources, less standards and the parents have less education and are not able to help their children or even afford for their children to go to school. This is a big problem for children of lower socioeconomic statues, especially those that are African American.The School-centered explanation helps show that there is inequality between schools in different socioeconomic statuses. It talks about how the teachers and things that happen in school play a big part in the education of children and also the expectations of the students. The schooling suffers because of the lack of money and motivation which can cause the students to have a worse schooling than kids in higher socioeconomic statuses. The expectations of teachers is related to Labeling Theory. When the students are told that they are bad kids or that they are not smart, it causes them to act like the labels that are given to them. If a child believes these labels, it hinders their performance in school and the attitude they have towards learning. Lastly, there is also student-centered explanations. These have to do with the people and things that surround the students outside of school, like their parents, friends, and the places they live. All of these cause different school experiences for children of different classes and is a big part of how well the
The less advantaged group can consist of high school dropouts, unemployed or imprisoned people, substance abusers, and typically those below the poverty line. Men and women cannot always rely on each other to have stable relationships, leaving them without a constructed family and becoming more invested in their individual lives. More children are born out of wedlock in this class, and more single parents are present. Marriage is almost rarely heard of in this group. Inequality rises in society here because of the differences in this social group compared to the higher class. Marriage and family is less likely in the lower class than in the more advantaged.