With the ever-shifting economy comes the fluctuate presence of low-income families. Families inevitably consist of parents and kids. Each family aims at teaching children in good educational institutions. Education is considered as a key prerequisite for success by just about anyone no matter their financial status, but over time the financial state of families has played a huge role in how successful students are in their pursuit of a successful academic career.
In this article, we discuss some of the reasons why this is so.
Low-income families are often less opportune to be successful
According to statistics dating back to 2016, from the National Postsecondary Student Aid, a large chunk of undergraduates comes from low-income families. The statistic reveals that individuals from such families hold a predominant presence in community colleges.
They are also often present in the private four-year institutions, but at no increasing rate as that of the least selective four-year colleges and community colleges. Also, they face danger, as low-income families are more likely to be the victims of violent crime than were those from households with higher incomes. You can read more about this on lawaspect.com/criminal-law-essays/.
Another factor worth taking into account is the dropout rate of students from low-income families. According to the US Department of education persons from the low-income families living in the underdeveloped portion within major cities or rural areas often attend institutions that are undercapitalized and graduate at rates that are significantly lower than their advantaged counterparts.
The decrease in Economic growth has further hampered the minority
In 2010, the poverty threshold was at $22,314 per family with over 46 million Americans living within or below the poverty line. This alarming statistic gives off an unpleasant ratio with figures signifying a significant increase from the 12.5 percentile of 2007.
This statistic translates to the already low-income families having more constraints in pursuing educational opportunities as lesser opportunities translate to settling for what is. There is also an increase in the number of families that fall into this category, thereby leading to an already oversaturated substandard educational system having more influx of individuals.
Families who originally could find ways to make ends meet and provide the best education possible for their kids are now faced with very demanding options when looking into getting their hands on the education resources available to the upper echelon due to the economic state.
Students from low-income homes are presented with jobs with unfavorable pays
Individuals from low-income homes looking to enroll in colleges are offered little to no alternatives interns of educational options, thereby leading to having to settle on low education standards. This affects them in the end, as there are less likely to have high paying jobs due to their educational background. This leads to an expected continuous cycle of poverty with limited opportunities down the stretch.
Statistics dictate that the further below the poverty line you fall, the more vulnerable you are as nearly half (44.3 percent) of the poor are in deep poverty. Although several factors play a role in the overall rate of poverty, the role of Income inequality is quite a dominant factor in categorizing who’s rich and poor and the opportunities presented to both classes.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Well, as the economy has been hampered presently from absorbing a large chunk of unskilled workers at relatively decent wages, there has been an increasing lack of education, which is accompanied by an increase in crime and welfare dependencies. Individuals from low-income families are faced with this reality with little to no ray of hope. Women who haven’t been able to finish high school due to financial or other factors are more likely to be on welfare with the men being more likely to be in prison.
Bridging the gap of the educational opportunities between majority and minority students has been quite a herculean task as there has been further widening over the years. Although history has proved that this is possible as noted in the periods between 1960 and 1990, the reverse has presently been the case with states imposing exams on pupils, which haven’t been properly prepared.
Any help from policymakers? Unfortunately, the economic situation has left them helpless, as such positions are often filled with individuals with little experience for teaching being hired, especially if their clients are students within the low-income class.