2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Anthony S. Smotherman
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Americas education system is deceivingly unequal and social class differences are a large contributor to the problem. Class differences determine where one can afford to live, who their friends are, education level, career, and overall what their expectations are from life. Education is the key to entering higher classes. Students and their parents are willing to pay thousands of dollars and go into great debt in pursuit of a desired educational degree. Conversely, one of the most influential factors in determining educational success is social class. Escaping the cycle that keeps the lower class where they are and makes it difficult for their children enter any class different from their own is extremely difficult. This paper examines the effects of class inequality on education, with an emphasis on poor rural schools which are commonly overshadowed by their impoverished inner-city counterparts. Alternative views and theories on possible solutions are also considered.

Keywords: education, class

Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 303-3
Location: VH 1224
Time: 1:30

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