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Social Class and Parental Intervention

 in Elementary Education

Annette Lareau

 One of the many areas focused on in this book is the teacher’s expectation in regards to parent’s role in educating their children.  It is noted that many parents are not as involved in schooling as teachers would like. Parents do want their children to succeed in school, in some cases to even excel and do better than they (parent) have done. But there are road blocks that families face particularly immigrants all because of their social class.  Therefore some children are limited in the education they receive because of this class system.  “Social class provides individuals with resources which they can effectively marshal in the social sorting process (p.4)”. The parents of the upper class can afford to give their children a better education because they have more financial resources and can invest in more school programs for their children. Thus they take a more active role in schooling than do their working-class and lower-class counterparts (p. 3).

For many working class families due to financial constraints they are unable to invest more in their children’s schooling and some may even lack necessary skills and so they shy away from being too involved in school programs. Apart from the class system, family culture and language barrier are two other factors that can limit parent’s involvement in schooling. But for this reading – chapter one the author looked at social class and parent involvement in schooling.

The author in identifying the difference in skills and resources at parents disposal for upgrading their children’s performance in school states, “By definition, upper-middle class parents had more education, status, and income than working-class parents.  This increased their competence for helping their children in school, as well as boosted their confidence that they were capable of helping. Working-class parents lacked both the skills and confidence to help their children in school (p. 9). Thus social class does have an influence on parent’s involvement in their child schooling.  I can attest to this truth in my own life growing up as a child.


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