Students from deprived backgrounds have fewer facilities, less qualified teachers and above all receive the least care. These among other factors come into play when the scores of various students are evaluated. It therefore does not come as a surprise that disadvantaged students performed relatively worse, it is not that they are any less intelligent. Far from it, it is due to the quality of education, attention they receive from their parents and teachers and also their deprived backgrounds that are to blame for their performances. The disparities between the rich and the poor in education continue at the college level where issues of affordability have become much more severe in recent years. The tuition and fees for in-state public universities from 1993 to 2007 rose by 79%. The cost of attending a public college in 2008 stood at $14,000 annually. (Friedman, 2012) This high cost of higher education in America prevents close to half of high school graduates who qualified from attending college. The U.S census of 2011 revealed that the rate of poverty stands at 15.9%, the same as that of 2010. (Graham, 2012) This census report further points out the statistics of numbers for children, families with the lowest income levels and those that are unemployed. It is also saddening to note that one out of every five children in the country live in poverty. Poverty levels in the country are partially based on the demographic variables and also geographic differences. This is illustrated by the staggering numbers of Latino and African-American families who live in poverty in various states in the U.S. It is also quite appalling that there are huge...
This paper shows that it is possible to see the link between poverty and education at all educational levels and the disparities between the rich and the poor in education continue at the college level where issues of affordability have become much more severe in recent years.
According to the paper the states should provide assistance to alleviate the effects of living in poverty and deprivation. Families should also be challenged to look past the experiences they have garnered. It is also fundamental in the search for success for poorer students that they believe in themselves and know that they are capable of doing it. Therefore, it is the responsibility of teachers and parents to instill a very crucial message in young people: aspire to change.
It makes a conclusion the Federal government has to ensure that it creates opportunities for all its children. Therefore, given the proximity between poverty and education, it should be the focus of the government to ascertain that everyone has access to quality education regardless of the level. If these opportunities exist where children can access high quality schools, tutored by qualified teachers with appropriate facilities at their disposal, then the country will continue to prosper. Just because someone was not born with a silver spoon in their mouth does not mean that he/she shall not be a success; hence America cannot afford to disregard its young people. Equal opportunities should be made available so that children with the most talent and diligence are able to rise to the top rather than being judged on one’s socioeconomic background for the rest of your life.