How a Student’s SES Affects their Education

Many people believe that if a person works hard, success will go their way. However, people often do not realize that there are obstacles put in place of those with a low socioeconomic status (SES), while there are helping factors for those with a high SES. Schools play a major role in the success of students, as it schools that prepare students for the real world. Moreover, schools located in low SES communities prepare students to be workers as students are taught to listen carefully and follow rules. On the other hand, schools located in high SES communities prepare students to be leaders as students are taught to work in groups and are given assignments where they are supposed to present to the class.

Nonetheless, there are students from low SES communities that make it to college and become successful; however, even their college experience is different from students with a high SES. Students with a low SES typically come from families where not many people attend college, which means they find college to be a confusing place that is difficult to navigate; whereas, students with a high SES have parents that have attended college and find it more easy to navigate as they have key supporters in their journey. In a study conducted by Marybeth Walpole (2003), she found that students from these two groups experience college differently as students with a low SES spent less hours on homework and more hours accumulating economic capital compared to students with a high SES. Clearly, a student’s SES impacts their education as early as elementary school to as late as college. SES should not impact a student’s education; education should be equal for all.