How Family Status Affects Education

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We all seem to think of the same things when we picture "high school". Cheerleaders, proms, report cards, football games. We all remember the A honor roll students, and how much time they spent studying. The thing that I have always questioned is, do children that come from lower status families do worse in school than ones from higher status families? I noticed as early as middle school that the ones who weren't as secure financially tended to study less than the ones whose families were well off. This bothered me to a point, for my family wasn't dirt poor, but we weren't rich, either. We had a normal house, two cars, both my parents had jobs and we were never hungry. My grades weren't perfect, but I managed to always get about the 3.0 grade point average, which was better than my friends, who came from poorer families. They barely passed. My theory isn't that people from lower class families can't achieve in school, or that people who come from rich families can't flunk out. Quite the contrary. I just think that kids who are considered "higher" tend to have a higher self esteem and set higher goals for themselves. Maybe if our society wasn't as caught up in things like looks and money, we'd get more accomplished in this world rather than hatred, war and depression. Unfortunetly, the day that we can live in a world where people look at the depths of your soul instead of the amount of money you have, clothes you wear or the way you wear your hair is a long time away. If only we could all live by the beautiful lyrics of John Lennon's song, "Imagine".
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