Education Gap Between Social Classes and Race

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In a world filled with useful resources, everyone dreams to be able to achieve great things; however, in order to do so, one must attain a respectable fluid and crystallized intelligence; education is a significant part of human resource development. The imparting of education leads to the development of understanding, perception, attitude, and efficiency of the working population. It has been considered as a lever to raise one's position in society as well as a tool to fight against poverty and ignorance; it is a gateway to the American Dream. However, nowadays, the quality of education for the citizens of America is now based on race. For many years now, evidence of discrepancies in accomplishments for students have shown up in grades, drop-out and graduation rates, test scores, and mostly every other pertinent indicator of academic success and performance. Even worse, these significant differences in levels of achievement by African American, Native American, and Latino students (who generally are located in the lower end of the achievement spectrum), with larger numbers of Asian and White students more likely to be found at the higher end, have been accepted as an unproblematic norm. The constancy of such patterns in almost every school district in the nation reinforces suppositions regarding the relationship between race and education.

Racial differences in schooling outcomes begin with the simplest measure of success: years of schooling. In 2013, 91 percent of Whites, in contrast to 83 percent of Blacks and only 60 percent of Hispanics (over 25 years of age) had at least a high school degree. The number of adult Americans with higher degrees followed a similar pattern; “only 19 percent of Blacks and 13 percent of Hispanic...

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...oups will continue to struggle with their education; the number of graduates will continue to decrease; many people living in urban areas will fall into debt without a proper education to get them a good paying career. Therefore, we must take action to solve this problem of race acting as a barricade from proper education. Together, we can all modify the current educational ways to benefit everyone in this world.

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