At 7:30 p.m. Monday (March 1) at the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion, I am hosting an event called Educational Privilege, where I will discuss whether education is a right or a privilege.
Or better yet, is learning is a right or a privilege.
While researching this topic, I found that social class has a lot to do with educational privilege. The higher you are on the social ladder, the easier it is for you to receive a first-class education and the greater the likelihood doors will open for you in the job market, after.
When you are in the upper class and have money, applying for colleges and charter high schools or magnet schools often alleviate the trouble you might have is getting in.
When you are in the mid- do lower class of income, you have to worry about getting in and then you have to worry about financing your way through. As a lower-income citizen, you need to receive scholarships, grants and hope you get approved for loans — which is more difficult for people with lower incomes who might have lower credit rankings.
And even if you get accepted to a school, if you don’t receive reasonable financial help, you will not be able to attend that school and might have to settle for a school that you can afford but isn’t in the same class academically as that charter or private school.
Privilege comes into play because the children living with higher incomes have parents who can just pay out of pocket for school. Students with families with lower incomes have the burden of figuring out how to pay for school and maintain the grades.
I will write about this more, so so stay locked into our blog.
By Donald Scott