Disparities Between School Choice And The Privatisation Of Schooling

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Disparities between school choice are distinctive between certain circumstances of student and parents. The existence of a metaphoric market contributes immensely on school choice as it creates a divide between several factors of socioeconomic class, power divide of parents and students, locality and privatisation of schooling due to public image (Proctor & Saiprakash, 2013). This is the basis for our sociological study on school choice and the privatisation of schooling, resulting in schools becoming a free-market.
The socioeconomic divide within schools creates an increased choice of schooling in Australia. It is evident that there has been a restriction to certain social groups in society when we discuss school choice as financial power creates a divide in accessibility to schools (Cobbold, 2007). The notion of choice is limited to many as the financial disparities of low-socioeconomic status parents are unable to freely choose the schools their child can attend (Proctor & Saiprakash, 2013; Rothman, 2003). Amongst the public, there is a popular belief that low-SES students achieve lower results due to their inability to attend a ‘better’ school (Rothman, 2003). Further emphasising this, from another recent research by Windle and Rocco (2012) found that a vast amount of families that spoke another language other than English had lower-socioeconomic statuses and had children with lower-academic performance level. These students and parents were even less likely to consider…

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