inequality

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Education is key to knowledge that strengthens the perspectives, skills, and abilities of learners to participate in different aspects of life, including society, arts, politics, and economics. Knowledge is power to interact, discover, preserve or change various things in life.
Children around the world vary in their opportunities to education because of factors including culture, socioeconomic conditions, and policies. Poverty disadvantages education in that it results in difficulties with expenses, poor resources, few transportation opportunities, poor technology, crammed schools, little individual attention and support by teachers and or parents (Frankema 2008). Health problems also affect children’s abilities to take opportunity of primary education (Frankema 2008). Cultural and economic expectations also negatively affect many kids, as girls may be expected to do domestic work and boys to do outside labor; child labor take educational opportunities away (Torche 2010; Frankema 2008). Also, many governments in Latin America have neoliberal policies that favor economic development have cut social and education spending, negatively affecting the educational opportunities and achievement of children.
Inequality in educational opportunities deprives many children and society of power, participation, and development in a world where education is especially expected for all types of positions. It results in an unfair system where all children do not have the chance to compete in society and reach types of independence including intellectual and financial. This imbalance increases the gaps between the educated and uneducated, often intensifying the gaps between the associated poor and affluent people. Communities with low education...

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...of children from different economic classes (Frankema). Efforts targeted at poor and indigenous are also not showing to make huge changes in primary enrollment and achievement rates (Mier et al 2003). The funding and quality of the school, including classes, teachers, materials, and the involvement of family in the students’ academic efforts are other factors to consider. As mentioned earlier, society believes the first step to success is giving the opportunity. Society needs to reform this idea by including both opportunity and quality in the same step. Many programs have done these in separate steps, but including both in the same step will produce more efficient and positive change in the educational outcomes of students. This will take lots of commitment, investment, and collaboration with governments, organizations, schools, communities, families, and students.
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