The Importance Of School And Education

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Going to school and education have always been exceedingly important to me, from the very beginning. Over time, I have come to love education for myself, and appreciate the many doors it opens for a stable future. So, it has always been troubling to me when I come across students of my own age and race- who don’t share that same appreciation. Of course, people aren’t always going to enjoy the mind crashing labor that comes with school- but I figured that there would at least be some level of regard for public education- especially in a school like TC Williams. At really no cost to students, we have at our disposal computers, a full library, free college courses and free industry certification exams- it is virtually impossible to not succeed …show more content…
There are a slew of factors that contribute to a student 's nonexistent desire to go to class. The root of the problem seems to differ in every student. Socioeconomic situations, family history, and outside influences all provide for a student’s constant decision to skip class, and final decree that school “is just not for them.” Seeing students constantly make the conscious decision to give up on school is troubling. Every day, I pick up and am motivated to go to my classes with an ending goal in mind: graduation and furthering my education to obtain access a stable and comfortable future. It seems that the students who aren’t motivated to attend class and push themselves have lost faith in that goal, or maybe never had it to begin …show more content…
One of those strong roots is socioeconomic background of said students. Less than idyllic living situations (neighborhoods of concentrated poverty) and poverty can affect the behaviors, academic achievement, and performance of students, as well as conform and alter their attitudes regarding education. “Children raised in poverty are faced daily with overwhelming challenges [...] their brains have adapted to suboptimal conditions in ways that undermine good school performance,” (Jensen). Dealing with poverty in childhood creates pathways for several different risk factors; including emotional and social challenges, acute and chronic stressors, cognitive lags, and health and safety issues. These risk factors manifest themselves in academic performance.

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