The Importance Of Education

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My mother moved from Colombia to the United States when she was in the second grade. She was placed into elementary school without knowing any english but eventually became fluent in english and french. Her family stayed very connected with the Catholic Church but they assimilated into American Society by dropping most of their traditions. My mom married a white man who did not speak spanish so at home she only spoke english. It was only when I visited my grandfather or my late aunt that spanish would be spoken in the household. Needless to say, I cannot speak spanish. This defining quality makes me feel separated ethnically from my mother’s family and their culture. I does not feel like mine. My mother is “mixed” racially but I am much lighter …show more content…
The effects of this phenotypic representation are profound because of the ways this race is constructed in United States history. The privileges and advantages I receive day to day in the classroom, the workplace, and in public are astonishing. It is incredible to know that not everyone experiences what I do based solely on the color of their skin. The most influential factor that these stratified experiences can impact is education. The privileges afforded to my race grant me many educational advantages, including an education focused on my race’s achievements and faculty support to promote my success and pursuit of higher education. Race is not the only factor of my identity that contributes to my educational opportunities. My social class and parent’s education determined my educational experience just as substantially as did my …show more content…
In a school that is predominantly white, not all white people are successful and not all people of color fail. There are other factors that can influence a student’s performance academically, including parental education and social class. Both my parents received a Bachelor’s degree and my father completed graduate school. They value education and made it a priority for me to get good grades above anything else. A direct result of parents’ education is the social class one is born into. “College grads are also more likely to get “good jobs,” which Georgetown defines as paying more than $53,000 a year” (Luhby 2016). Due to their high socioeconomic status my parents are able to “invest not only more money in their children, but more time as well” (Greenstone). Money can provide better school supplies, private tutors, and SAT prep. Time spent with children can influence their vocabularies, confidence, and motivation to do work because of parental emphasis and support regarding academic

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