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Poverty has a great impact upon social class difference in educational achievement Homelessness causes tiredness and lack of concentration in school which has a negative affect upon educational achievement Douglas wrote in his book The Home and the School that working class parents are often uninterested in their childrens education and therefore do not encourage them to do well or congratulate them when they do Also it has been found that working class fathers seldom visit school If a child is suffering from poverty hisher house would have bad living conditions without sufficient resources such as books and computers therefore they would not be able to reach their potential or be able to work properly at home Also the best schools with the highest grades and pass rates are private which a poor family would not be able to afford Similarly grammar schools often require tutors to get into again which would not be affordable Douglas cultural deprivation theory states that working class families are seen as the bottom class with lack of skill bad attitude no ambition and no stimulation to do well Murray a New Rightist says that illegitimate children from single parent families that are welfare- dependant and therefore poor have a low IQ Bourdieu said that children with cultural capital do a lot better in school This is because they speak in an elaborated speech code the same as the teachers not a redistricted speech code like working class children and therefore often do not fully understand the teachers Also children with cultural capital know how to present themselves by the way they dress and act At school a teacher may label a child because they do not fit the image of the ideal pupil This is what 60 Chicago teachers classed as the perfect pupil according to Becker middle-class well-behaved well-presented clever etc The labelling theory by Rist and Becker is that teachers judge a child according to
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