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There are many relationships that can be found between socioeconomic status and academic achievements in students no period Woolfolk Winne Perry 2000 There has been much research evidence found to show that high-SES students of all ethnic groups display higher average levels of achievement and stay in school longer than low-SES students Alwin Thornton 1984 Goleman 1988 White 1982 Other research studies have found that when SES is measured solely in terms of parents education income or occupation the relationship between SES and achievement is stronger than when it is measured in terms of family atmosphere variables such as parents attitudes toward education their aspirations for their children or the intellectual activities of the family Woolfolk Winne Perry 2000 Ultimately then this shows that the actual attitudes and behaviours of the childs family life is more important than the lack of income good On a personal experience I strongly agree with this finding I do not come from a high-income family but because my parents have always placed a strong emphasis on the value of education I feel it is the family atmosphere I was raised in that has allowed me to reach high academic achievements I can still recall from my childhood of my parents constant lectures on the importance of education their efforts to take me to the libraryor to enroll me in extra-curricular academic activities well done There are four theories explaining the relationship between low socioeconomic status and lower school achievement among low-SES students They are low expectations - low self-esteem learned helplessness resistance cultures and tracking Low expectations V low self-esteem is related to the teacher and classmates assuming that the student is not bright due to wearing old clothes speaking ungrammatically or being less familiar with books and school activities In the classroom the teacher may protect the low-SES student from embarrassment of having the wrong answers by not calling on them
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