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Social Class and Educational Achievement Education should provide every student with equality of opportunity Although this is the statement made studies have shown that education does not contribute to significant upward mobility and suggests that social background is the major determinant of the amount of education an individual receives Whilst there are other possible situations which could affect an individuals educational achievement social background still remains to be the one point that contributes most to the equality of ones opportunity in education The theory that defines the relationship between social class and educational achievement is often misinterpreted by many It is often perceived that there is only the black and white theory that defines this relationship This theory claims that the more advantaged families will send their children to non-government schools and the less advantaged families will send their children to government schools Although recent studies have provided a new stance on the matter proving this black and white perspective to be incorrect to a certain extent In 1994 it was recorded that 22 of families in the lowest income quintile were able to send their own children to a non-government school Likewise an astounding 60 of families in the highest income quintile were sending their children to government schools This indicates social morbidity It was recorded that 23 of parents who obtained professional occupations such as doctors and lawyers were in fact sending their child to a government school Only 28 of those professionals were sending their child to a non-government catholic school The other 457 were sending their child to another private school Despite the fact that 41 of parents who worked as manual labourers sent their child to a government school there was a high 276 who were sending their child to a non-government school which is only 1 lower than those of the highest quintile This proves that almost as many students from a lower class family
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