The world we live in today feels confusing, complex, unjust, and unfair sometimes and it is due to educational inequality in society.
Education, being the pillar of society, does not seem to be equal, not even in a society like Sweden, which is one of the most equal countries in the world.
Should socioeconomic status (SES) be the determining factor of the quality of education one obtains?Socioeconomic status and educational attainment are interrelated.
Children from high socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds tend to excel in schools and are more likely to pursue tertiary (further) education than compared to children from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds.
Socioeconomic status is a social class/position of a person or a group of people. It is composed of a combination of education, income, and occupation according to the American Psychological Association (2019).
I argue that socioeconomic status (SES) background has a significant effect on a child’s education and therefore education should be equalized in all shapes and forms.
Children from the middle to upper-class backgrounds are also sent to nursery schools as early as possible as the parents go back to work.
This gives the children a head start in school education and makes them advantaged over those who do not attend nursery school education as much or as often because one of their parents is a stay-at-home parent (Skolverket, 2019).
By developing children’s fundamental skills at home from an early age and sending them to nursery schools for basic education provides a window into a world of literacy that they benefit from in school and at a higher level of education.
To educate and motivate all children equally society may assist to get rid of the literacy gap that exists in children from different backgrounds.
Extra tutoring help at home and making nursery school compulsory for children, could be the solution.
Thirdly, children from well-off families are more likely to be motivated and know their way around education.
According to GreatSchools Staff (2014) children from well- off families tend to do better in school because well-off families usually see education as important and enforce the value of it through curiosity, questions, and exploration at home.
Disadvantaged parents are less ambitious for their children because of their own negative experience with school and education. It affects the children negatively and leads them to be less ambitious for themselves.
A well-educated person has acquired a certain amount of experience within the general understanding of education, and is, therefore, more likely to guide their offspring in a positive way observes TFD supplies (2019).
Therefore, parents’ positive attitude towards education is a significant factor, which encourages the children to do better in school, meaning parents from high socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds have the full range of capabilities to ensure the education of their children.
This highlights an important problem regarding providing equal opportunities of education. Therefore, society should in some way compensate parents who lack motivation and academic incompetence so that it does not overspill on their children.
One way of motivating the parents, which will, in turn, motivate the children is to educate the parents about the value of education and what not acquiring education will lead to.
Parents could be informed by the school about the importance of taking an interest in the children's academic progress and its positive effects.