In a growing society,where people surround themselves with various and diverse people, there are twoaspects we take in account: biological and sociological. Although our existenceis ultimately based on food and reproducing to further our existence in theworld, the primary way for our existence to be maintained is through education.
It is education that enhances our ability to become intellectual and constructsurvival skills, so that we can maintain our existence. The two aspects that webase everything on intertwine so heavily, that we can’t distinguish one fromanother without knowing what makes the individual different from us. Thisallows us to come to a conclusion that socioeconomic status is a vital factorthat impacts student learning outcome.
Socioeconomic status incorporatesnot only income, but it also accounts for educational status, financialstability, and their idealism on social views. Socioeconomic status can alsoinclude the type of life an individual has had, as well as occasions that havebeen presented to establish themselves within a society. Based on this, we areable to construct an understanding of one’s social standings in the world basedon those characteristics. Although, this enables to individuals to presumptuouslyjudge others based on their status currently without knowing how they came tobe. In other words, an individual’s socioeconomic status can be specified andidentified based on materialistic belongings, money, power, who they know, whatthey do, and educational background. It is those types of individuals thatusually succeed in this type of world, which doesn’t allow to less fortunate,low socioeconomic status individuals to explore their potential.
When we look at students,do we think that their home address, family wealth, or their parent’seducational background inhibits their potential to learn? Based on currentresearch, we can conclude that students from low socioeconomic status’ displaypoor academics because of the environment in which they live in. The low-qualityof living, sustainability in the household, unavailable resources and providingtheir own income doesn’t allow the individual to further pursue education. Students,who have to muster their own source of living to feed and provide clothing for them,will indefinitely struggle academically. Another factor that correlates withsocioeconomic status is the socio-culture that defines the students. The socio-culture of astudent can affect the students learning outcome based on the language that’s spokenprimarily, values and beliefs that inhibits the student from learning.
Parentsthat weren’t fortunate enough to learn the universal language, can impact thechild’s ability to learn at their school. For example, we predominately live ina Hispanic area, but not every individual knows Spanish or English. How can wehold a student responsible for their academics when they only know Spanish, andthe teachers only know English? This scenario plays according to thesocioeconomic status of the family, the quality of the school, but also thesocio-culture that defines the student.