How Does Social Class Affect Education?

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Social class affects education because the people who are in lower social statuses are not able to afford a premier education, the necessary tools to complement a public education, or continuing education. People who are in a lower socioeconomic standing also have a harder time staying in school than people who live in a higher social status.

While education is provided to people who come from all economic backgrounds and from all financial situations, not everyone is able to use the education system to the best of their abilities. Children who live in poor situations may be expected to do more at home, take up a job to help support their families and may not be able to focus solely on their studies. Additionally, areas that have a higher income bracket also often have a better schooling system. This could be a result of donations from local families and from a better economic structure in the area.

Although there are many continuing education scholarships and grants, people who are in a lower socioeconomic status may not be able to take advantage of these. They may not know about them or may have more responsibilities to their family that do not allow them to take the educational opportunities.