“Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say” By Rebecca Rosenberg and Elizabeth Mognaz

This article talks about the differences in education between the rich and the poor. The children with families who make less money than families that makes more money have trouble with their education. This does not only happen when the students are at a young age, it also occurs at college.


There are many researchers that say that there is a gap for achievement between the rich and the poor. One reason is the help that families with money make pay for. By help, we mean tutors for subjects that students are struggling in. For example, lets say a student is having trouble in math, their parents are able to pay someone to help their child out for that subject, however, a student that comes from a family that doesn’t make a lot of money will not be able to help their child. The child of the parents that don’t make enough money will continue to struggle with math because the family cannot afford a tutor. This shows how the gap is also making it hard for students to have an equal education. The struggle for students to have equal opportunities and a chance to get into their dream job is becoming harder for students. The families that can afford the help for their children that could make a difference in the education that those students are getting as opposed to the students who can’t have their parents pay for help, it makes it harder for them to achieve their goals.


  The gap is also seen in college. At the University of Michigan, two researchers named Susan M. Dynarski and Martha J. Bailey, looked at two generations of students at the school from the years of 1979 to 1982. The results showed that students in “1989, about one-third of the high-income students in the first generation had finished college; by 2007, more than half of the second generation had done so. By contrast, only 9 percent of the low-income students in the second generation had completed college by 2007, up only slightly from a 5 percent college completion rate by the first generation in 1989.”  This shows how there is such a difference in the education people get now. The families that live in poverty have a harder time getting an education, which is not fair because everyone should have an education opportunity in education.


A man named Charles Murray, who is a researcher as well, says that “The growing gap between the better educated and the less educated has formed a kind of cultural divide that has its roots in natural social forces, like the tendency of educated people to marry other educated people, as well as in the social policies of the 1960s, like welfare and other government programs, which he contended provided incentives for staying single.” What Charles is saying is that education creates a divide between people. More people want to be with people who are on the same level in certain areas as others are. Families living in poverty have a different way of living compared to families that have money struggle more than in having the same interests in what the richer families have. Most families that live in poverty wonder what will happen tomorrow, will they have to move out of their house, will they have money for food; while families with money don’t have to worry.

Teachers can help the students that cant afford certain luxuries by starting a fund for them. The teacher shouldn’t give the name of the student, if the student wants it to be private, and the fund good give things like food to that student. Teachers can also help the student out with extra help or recommending someone, who is willing to help, and that person can help the student in a certain area of a subject that the student is struggling in.

Teachers can make such a difference in students lives, and if that teacher can help a student who cannot get a tutor or has trouble learning in class, the help that teacher gives will change that child’s life and will hopefully give that student a chance at the same education other students have.


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4 responses to ““Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say” By Rebecca Rosenberg and Elizabeth Mognaz

  1. I think the government should step in and start giving money to the schools that are in poverty, the gap is only going to get larger if the government doesn’t step in and try to solve the issue of poverty -sam

  2. As discouraging as it is, it is no surprise that socioeconomic status has an influence on education systems. One can argue that money isn’t everything, but it does play a significant role on educational opportunities. Low income areas will naturally tend to basic necessities such as food and housing before they can even begin to think about upgrading their education system, whereas higher income areas will have the monetary resources necessary to improve and advance their education system. Despite this division in educational opportunity, I also believe that teachers can impact their students lives without use of excess financial involvement. They can take some time out of their schedules to tutor students in need of extra help and can even help fund activities or extracurriculars outside the classroom. There are many ways in which the dividing line separating socioeconomic status can be blurred, but people must be open-minded, creative, and assertive enough to make a difference.

  3. From experience, I’ve observed that the students that come from poorer homes seem to push themselves and strive to achieve. They do this in order to make something of themselves and not have their children experience the same educational inequality they faced. Like the article mentioned, teachers should lend a hand and help the students see the opportunities available to them if they work to achieve them,


  4. It’s is a topic frequently discussed in class and something I personally find unfair. We all know that wealthy people move into wealthier neighborhoods and vice versa for the poor. On top of that, school districts cut their territories based on this creating an unfair learning experience for their children and limiting their futures, which keeps the cycle stagnant. Children then can’t afford to go to college to get better jobs and have the option to move into a wealthier area and the cycle continues. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

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