Inequality in education?
World governments should not be proud of the link between low social-economic
background and poor educational attainment as it is widening. This is more
worrying, when research tells us that education is linked to unemployment,
happiness, and well-being as well as health and shorter-life expectancy.
In the UK, educational inequality starts early, before a child even starts at
school. Figures show huge gaps in vocabulary development, between children
in the richest and poorest families. The gap is widens further at high school
children as poorer-parents and their teacher’s attitudes are not as supportive.
As a result, poorer children are getting any GCSEs and that means lower job
prospect’s and poorer-life.
In America, in the 1970’s many white and middle class blacks moved out of
the cities and into towns and villages leaving the poor blacks and rising Hispanic
American in those schools. Like in the UK, a child’s education level will determine
their income level, class and mental health placing the young quickly at a stark
disadvantage than a peer who receives one. The necessity for United States to
have an equal education regardless of their neighbourhood or incomes. Under
the George Bush administration, “No Child Left Behind” was a positive move to
address this issue, however 13 years on, there still large inequalities.
The Chinese government policy in 2012 was keen to promote educational
equality and reduce regional, rural-urban school gaps. The government has
paid great attention to these “left-behind” kids and their educational policies is
addressing the problem that has resulted from China’s increasing rate of
urbanization. More than 20 million children moved from the rural to urban
environment and many often were “left behind” children.
The issue is universal in other similar industrialized countries. It is fair to say
the much needed change will only be achieved through the collective effort of
governments, leaders in schools, teachers and parents – until then educational
inequality will remain a reality for industrialised nations.