The Effects of Social Classes on American's Education Essay

1315 Words Nov 19th, 2013 6 Pages
Karly Frame
November 18, 2013
English 111-B2B
Social Classes FD Paper #2
The Effects of Social Classes on American’s Education For many American’s, a child being born is a time for wonderful celebrations. Grandparents are usually excited about the experiences they can spend with their new grandchild and parents are often overjoyed with their new abundance of responsibilities. However, those new responsibilities that any parent is facing will certainly differ depending on their social, or economical, status. A mother who lives under poverty level may be more inclined to make sure that she can get additional welfare assistance in order to provide her baby with necessities, while a mother who is thought of as being middle-class may
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It is not difficult to see why Mireya’s situation is so unsettling to her, all she wants is a good education so that she can provide herself with a better life. An article in The New York Times brings to light that Mireya’s predicament is not at all rare when it stated that only forty-one percent of low-income students entering a four-year college managed to graduate within five years, but sixty-six percent of high-income students did, and the gap between the two has only been growing apart over the recent years (Leonhardt). Leonhardt goes on to say that there are three major contributing factors that contribute to low-income students failing at the college ranking. The first factor is that “many high schools do a poor job of preparing teenagers for college” (Leonhardt). It is clear to see in the case of Mireya that attending Freemont High School certainly played a role in holding her back from continuing her education. The second factor is the cost of tuition. “Across the country, the upper middle class so dominates elite universities that high-income students, on average, actually get slightly more financial aid from colleges than low-income students do. These elite colleges are so expensive that even many high-income students receive large grants” (Leonhardt). A large number of students with limited means and resources know of few people who have actually graduated from college and do not want to have to incur more debt to go to

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