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Social Class and Student Achievement

The effects of social class on students' educational achievements
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Leanna Brkljaca

on 6 March 2014

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Transcript of Social Class and Student Achievement

Social Class and Educational Achievement Leanna Brkljaca Social class is one of the main predictors
of educational achievement. SES and Cognitive Abilities Exposing the Gap Social class: Groups of people who
share certain characteristics. Financial and emotional
underinvestment
=
Underresourced
and underachieving "SES accounts for more of the variation in cognitive ability than any other factor by far" (Anyon, 375).
By age 3, children from lower-income families are one year behind children from higher-income families (BBC, 2010).
Gap in achievement based on income Avg Income:
$138,800 Avg Income:
$36, 600 rank: 9/10 rank:0.8/10 "being poor is"
Wishing you could go to McDonalds.
Getting a basket from the Santa fund.
Feeling ashamed while my Dad can’t get a job.
Not buying books at the book fair.
Not getting to go to birthday parties.
Hearing my Mom and Dad fight over money.
Not ever getting a pet because it costs too much.
Wishing you had a nice house.
Not being able to go camping.
Not getting a hotdog on hotdog day.
Not getting pizza on pizza day.
Not being able to have your friends sleep over.
Pretending that you forgot your lunch.
Being afraid to tell your Mom you need gym shoes.
Not having breakfast sometimes.
Sometimes it’s real hard because my Mom gets scared and she cries.
Hiding your feet so that the teacher doesn’t get cross when you don’t have boots.
Not being able to take swimming lessons.
Not being able to afford a holiday.
Not having pretty barrettes for your hair.
Not having your own backyard.
Being teased for the way you’re dressed.
Not getting to go on school trips.
Poem by children in Grades 4 and 5 living in North Bay
(retrieved from the tdsb) access to resources, hard skills vs soft skills, school absences, discrimination income
occupation
education
home/neighbourhood
skills (hard vs soft)
communication Equity and Assessment Many tests "heavily emphasize analytical abilities to the exclusion of creative and practical abilities" (Sternberg, 156) Affluent Students: Students from low SES backgrounds: Memory-based analytic skills practical, creative thinkers TESTS Policies, Projects, Initiatives Rainbow Project (Sternberg)
Antioppressive education (Kumashiro)
Curriculum Connections (e.g. TDSB Challenging Class Bias)
$30 million spent on EQAO... could this be money better spent?
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