GCU Education Disparity Discussion


WK 5 DQ PT 2
Research the issue of education disparity between impoverished families and those from high income
families/communities. Explain if research shows that students from high income families achieve
better in school. Develop a list outlining possible reasons why this disparity is real. Next, create a list
of possible solutions micro (individual) and macro (systems, laws) solutions) that can address this
disparity, with hopes of closing the gap.
Reply to
Jennifer Thames
5-Mar 17, 2022, 12:18 PM
Prof. Williamson and class,
Research does show that children in higher income families tend to do better educationally
than those in lower income families. There may be several reasons for this, since parents
with higher incomes have more assets to put their children into many different types of
extracurricular activities such as sports or playing instruments from a very young age,
teaching them discipline earlier on. Lower income families also tend to be single parent
families whose time and resources are far more stretched. In a study conducted in 1972 it
was found that higher income families were likely to spend 5 times the amount per child as
those with lower incomes. By 2007 that number had grown to be 9 times the amount.
These types of statistics also show that children from higher income spend up to 1300
more hours before the age of six in more stimulating environments in places from
museums to shopping malls and before they start school at least 400 of those hours were
accrued in literacy environments. The gap between lower and higher income families
continues to grow when it comes to education. Possible solutions on individual levels can
include spending as much time as possible, even for parents who are busy consistently
spending time taking their kids to places that are more stimulating like a museum or even
an aquarium. Taking the extra time necessary to help children with homework can make a
huge difference. On a macro level expanding equal opportunity scholarships and grants to
impoverished children can give them the same chances as kids who are from higher income
Tavernise, Sabrina. (2012). Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say. The
New York Times. Stanford CEPA, Center for Education Policy Analysis. Retrieved from
Reply to
Mallory Kraemer
6-Mar 16, 2022, 6:21 PM
Hello class!
More often than not, it can almost be assumed that those who come from wealthy families have better
lives including car, homes, and even a better education. This can actually be considerably accurate.
Students from lower income families and poorer communities often learn in completely different
environments compared to students with a wealthy background (Gleeson, 2019). Wealthy students
have access to more personal education thus meaning they have better education. Wealthy students in
private schools average higher GPA’s than poor students in public schools and also often get into
better or more ideal colleges and universities compared to poor students (Marcus, 2017). This has
remained an issue for decades and likely will continue to remain an issue if there is not a response to
unfair education.
There are some solutions that may aid in the issue of unfair education. On a macro level, a solution
may be creating fair education for all students across the United States. An idea may be to create
similar lesson plans for all school systems to create a more fair education. It would also be important
to hold all students to the same standard. Individually, lower income students can work more
diligently as most students do already. Poorer students often feel discriminated against and work
harder because they feel that they are viewed negatively (Marcus, 2017). As individual people, we can
ensure lower income families have access to items required for students including providing access to
any supply needed at home or in the school, but also providing access to wireless internet connectio n,
public libraries in most communities that can help with wireless internet, any books needed, and even
study groups. Providing tutoring to students can also help to increase scores for individual students.
Mallory Kraemer
Gleeson, P. (2019). Multibrief: The Real Reason Rich Kids do better in school. MultiBriefs. Retrieved
from https://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/the-real-reason-rich-kids-do-better-inschool/education
Marcus, J. (2017). The newest advantage of being rich in America? higher grades. The Hechinger Report.
Retrieved from https://hechingerreport.org/newest-advantage-rich-america-higher-grades/
Reply to
Elizabeth Mahon
7-Mar 15, 2022, 3:14 AM
Professor and class,
According to research, children who are financially stable do better with regards to their education
than those children who struggle with poverty. There are a few reasons for this being the case. While
part of the reason behind this is due to life experiences outside of the classroom, there is so much
more going on as well. A variety of factors has been brought into the reasoning, such as one theory
referred to as the “word gap”, which holds that the children of highly educated professionals have
heard 32 million more words by age 4 then those living in poverty (Gleeson, 2019). This theory has
not held up, but it is interesting to note due to the fact that it takes the blame off the educational
system and puts it on the parents.
We then look at the seemingly obvious reasons why the financially stable children have an educational
advantage over the poverty stricken population. Public education is funded by taxes paid by the
community. This factor affects classroom size, teacher salaries and building accommodations. Those
living in a poorer community learned in cramped, overcrowded, insufficient environments.
Even beyond that though, wealthy children are taught differently. Wealthy community education is
project-driven and therefore, engaging and hands-on. Being able to afford supplies can be a burden for
some who are not sure where their next meal will come from. Teaching styles within the
impoverished community consists of repetition and vocabulary drills. These often do not promote
social skills either (Gleeson, 2019).
On an individual level, the community in which we live can help close this gap by being generous.
Donating supplies for projects or even donating time with which to volunteer and help give the
children tutoring lessons or help with projects. Also, donating other items such as clothing and food to
alleviate those potential distractions.
On the community level, the same opportunities need to be given to everyone regardless of economic
status. This may mean a shift in how the tax dollars are dispersed. The lower-income schools should
have more access to state funding so that they can be raised to a level closer to that of the wealthy
schools. With these steps on both the individual and community level, we can begin to level the
educational playing field.
Gleeson, Patrick. 2019. The Real Reason Rich Kids Do Better in School. Retrieved March 14, 2022
from https://exclusives.multibriefs.com/content/the-real-reason-rich-kids-do-better-inschool/education

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