The chances of someone from a working-class family continuing education to degree level is made unlikely by the fear of debt installed in them from their poverty-stuck upbringings. Examine the impact of educational policies on achievement levels of different groups of students. Pupils that were categorized as Statistics say that African-Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi people are three times more likely to be unemployed as white people.
The importance of language for educational achievement is highlighted by Bereiter and Engelmann. This effects their intellectual development so that when they begin school they are at a disadvantage compared with middle-class children. One of these key factors is labelling.
This would lead to them retaliating with bad behaviour, thus lowering their achievements. This refers to the development of their thinking and reasoning skills i.
Lastly the lack of control the working class have on their lives due to being controlled by their capitalist bosses and government can lead to frustration in the working class which in some situations can only be vented through violent crimes and vandalism.
Gibson and Asthana pointed out that there is a correlation between low household income and poor educational performance. This may lead the underachievement and truancy of those from working class backgrounds.
Because of this, one must be cautious and rather than say there is a causal relationship between these two variables as the question suggests, it would be more accurate to say that poverty disadvantages working class students and makes it more difficult for them to succeed.
Overall, material deprivation can lead to the underachievement of working class pupils because of poor housing, diet and health and the costs of education.