The lack of capital effects African-Americans' low scores because the schools they attend do not have the resources necessary to provide for the students. The worst test takers were senior citizens, prisoners, and immigrants (Kaplan 45). Older adults' problems were generally linked to the facts that twilighting Americans have completed fewer average years of schooling than younger Americans and that the mean literacy of the population rises as more educated, younger generations of residents replace the lesser educated ones (Goldstein 3). Persons speaking other languages than English might have measured out as better readers had the surveys been administered in their native tongues. Variance in the levels of male and female scores are not that outlandish.
That makes the public teachers sound good, but there is also this little fact that they’re leaving out. Public school teachers aren’t even qualified to be teaching the subjects that they teach a lot of the time (Williams 46). Perhaps this is why the private school students are doing better than the public school students are. Or maybe it is because the average student to teacher ratio is better than public schools. This ratio is 17 students to 1 teacher in public schools where it is 14.9 students to 1 teacher in private schools (Williams 46).
Giving students a grade that they have not earned hinders the youth’s future educational success. A number of schools are no longer giving a grade of zero on assignments, tests, and exams completed by students. While other school districts continue to give students the grade that is adequate for the work they have done or have not completed. Giving students the grade that equals their work is designed to show students where they need to improve. Many school boards want to stop giving out zeros for work that hasn’t been turned in and give a grade that rages around the “D” area keeping children from falling behind in their classes.
Lower-income students may more likely suffer from malnutrition and other health problems, which may cause them to lack concentration in classrooms and trainings for the workforce. Since low-income students receive lower quality education, they will more likely struggle to attract future employers in highly technica... ... middle of paper ... ...less exposure to the 21st century job market. “Less than 4 percent of white students attend schools where 70-100 percent of the students are poor, however, 40 percent of black and Latino students attend such high poverty schools” (Kondracke 2009). White students are more likely to gain exposure to some type of 21st century training, while minorities may graduate from high school totally unprepared for highly technical industries. Since Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to live in impoverished communities, they are less likely to get access to computers that will allow them to become familiar with high-tech and software programs.
Many become irritated with education they see as being irrelevant to their lifestyle. Academic struggles to the point no one cares, resulting in a loss of hope and desire. Some even feel as though they were forced out by school staff members, because they were considered too difficult to teach (Convissor, n.d). Presently forty one percent of low SES student drop outs leave school without having gaged employment (Milman, 2013), which often leads to a cycle of poverty (Adams, 2014). As a teacher it is important to be aware of the disparities between social status and education.
Without the ability to remember knowledge taught in school curriculums, these children will receive lower grades than most classmates. The lack of strong cognitive skills in needy children is caused by both chronic stress and preoccupation with their lack of money (Stromberg). The situation around them disables children to thoroughly think about homework problems and test questions. As a result of mental illness and cognitive weakness, minors lose confidence in their own academic performance. Matt Repka
If the teachers do not care, then the students tend to give up easier as well. This leads to lower student achievement and a higher dropout rate. Students who are not being properly taught each individual subject are not only performing under their grade level, but they are failing standardized tests (Fergus). These students need extra help which the teachers are unable to give them and the schools being underfunded are unable to provide the extracurricular that certain students need. Children and families from poverty stricken backgrounds remain at a loss.
Low-income and minority students are the individuals and groups that are the most negatively affected by the United States educational failure. The number of Hispanic students in the United States is expected to grow 33 percent by 2020 and the number of multi-racial students are expected to grow 44 percent, however their educational future does not look bright. Historically, minorities are the most likely to be impoverished. Dozens of policies have been drafted and implemented in order to fix this problem, however the solutions have not worked, since at least 50 percent of elementary school students are now attending schools where the majority of students are low income and minority. The high poverty, educational environment the students are in leads to less high school graduation and college attendance, thus in turn will lead to a large population that will burden the United States economy later on in areas such as healthcare and welfare.
In the Article, On The Anniversary Of Brown V. Board, New Evidence That U.S. Schools Are Resegregating author Emma Brown states, “High-poverty, majority-black and Hispanic schools were less likely to offer a full range of math and science courses than other schools (Brown 5). This can often result in unqualified teachers and materials that are not useful. Not having sufficient funds to have a normal running good school is the whole reason why many of those students don't succeed. Money is the number one factor in having a successful school system. If there's no money then there are no supplies, and if there are no supplies then how are they supposed to learn.
One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to a student’s academic success in poverty stricken schools is that they are unwilling and unable to learn. This is not the case. Yes a child can determine their own education by choosing to do their work and be willing to learn, but you must take into consideration their circumstances. Most of these schools are very diverse, which leads them to be exposed to gangs, drugs, and violence. The achievement gap between these schools and more fortunate schools is wide.