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Making Sense Of White Working Class Educational Underachievement By By Diane Raey

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Making Sense of White Working Class Educational Underachievement
The article ‘Making sense of white working class underachievement’ by Diane Raey (2009) In the K. P. Sveimsson (ed) Who Cares about the White Working Class? , Published by The Runnymeade Trust, is important in indicating the weaknesses of the education system in the United Kingdom today. According to this article, the White working class children do not perform well in academic performance. This issue is the centre stage for a tug of war among the parents, teachers, the government and the wealthy and middle class people within this jurisdiction. As it emerges, the issue is more complex than it seems and includes ...view middle of the document...

The article by Diane also points out the working class and the middle class have varying differences, which could affect the performance of the children in schools. Diane provides a number of examples showing these disparities. The middle class are very concerned about their children education. They provide all the requirements in addition to high spending budget on their children. At the same time, they inform their children that failure is intolerable. In this case, the children of the middle class and the wealthy have no option but to study hard and perform well academically. In fact, they have everything they need to study and pass.
On the contrary, the working class parents are not very concerned about their children education. As much they would like to be concerned, they may not get the time to be concerned leave alone meeting all the requirements for students to study well and perform well in academics. In addition, the perceptions that the working class is a failure affect the working class children significantly. They deem themselves poor and failure to the society affecting them emotionally, psychologically and socially.
As Diane indicates in her article, the white working class children have confidential and self-esteem issues. The article clearly provides examples of some students claiming they are sceptical how they work perform in their SAT test. Some stated they would not get any points while others stated they would get low marks. At the same time, some of the white working family children stated other students, from the middle and wealthy families would perform better in the SAT tests. With these perceptions, good academic performance for the white working class children is just a pipe dream.
Another issue affecting the poor performance by white working families’ children in education is the school policies. As Diane suggests, schools nowadays are becoming entrepreneurial and tend to favour the people with money, the wealthy and the middle class. As for the others, the white working class are not significant to the schools because they do not have money. This is the reason why even teachers have favourite students, usually from the middle class and the wealthy classes. Children from the white working families do not feature anywhere in class or in administration due process. School administration and teachers want nothing to do with them. It is also important to note that in most cases, the wealthy make policies of any govern sector including schools as Diane points out.
For the white working families’ children to do well in education and perform well, they would have to change. However, changing is somehow risky and even limited. After all, the students may change to defy all odds but they do not have an effect on the policy making process which is for the middle class and the wealthy. At the same time, it would be extremely challenging to go above the perceptions in the society. The middle class and the wealthy also need...

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