Essay on Social Class in Education

945 Words Jun 14th, 2012 4 Pages
Australia has suffered a large gap in education due to socio-economic class. Generations ago, social class was a major part of society that separated the different classes especially in education. The wealthy attended school and only a percentage of the poor received little education as most left school to help provide for the family. These days, although the Australian government is funding schools giving the opportunity of an education to all families regardless of their class, social class is still an intimidating debate among society. So, the question is does social class still have an impact on Australian education? This essay will discuss reasons, through field research and studies, as to why various social classes are still apparent …show more content…
The existence of unequal education opportunities is a sign that the economy is under-performing.

Studies have shown there are large achievement cracks between students from low and high socio-economic status families. Students from high social class families have much higher educational results than students from low SES families. According to the Save Our Schools website, author of Choice or Equity in Education? By Trevor Cobbold quotes “41% of students from low SES families fail to complete Year 12 compared to 22% of students from high SES families whilst 22-23% of students from low SES families do not achieve expected international proficiency standards in reading, mathematics and science” The graph taken from the unit readings of the NAPLAN test conducted throughout Australia demonstrate this point, showing that low SES families have significantly lower results.

The teacher interviewed for this project who has taught at both private and public school, establishes this stating that public schools simply do not have the same educational structure as private schools. She believes that the governments funding is not broad enough and needs to indentify where the money is needed most such as an improved study plan and providing educational assistance when extra help

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