Let us understand the impact of social issues in education
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela.
Education is the strong foundation that designs the future of an individual. Schools are considered to be the temples of learning and the providers of valuable education. Schools prepare the students to face the competition of the real world by focusing on their overall development. There are various social issues that haunt the education system. We need to understand them and simultaneously try resolving them.
Lets learn about the Social issues in Education:
It is found that most of the students belonging to a particular ethnic group are slow learners. We need to encourage the students to improve their self esteem and confidence.
Every class has a cultural diversity with students belonging to different cultures. This may be due to immigration of the students. Some students may be well versed in English while others may not. So, it is the duty of the teacher to eradicate this communication barrier that has emerged due to the cultural diversity.
Some students may have single parents. The root cause of this is the increase in the divorce rate among the married couples. Living with a single parent can affect the emotional health of the child. The in turn can affect its academic performance in school. Another scenario is where both the parents of the child are working and find less time to cater to the emotional needs of the child. The dearth of love and attention shatters the confidence of the child to a greater extent.
One may find it extremely astonishing to know that various sections of the society still believe in gender discrimination. Girls are deprived of higher educational opportunities and forced to marry. Gender discrimination in education is still a matter of concern in certain sections of the society.
Certain ethical issues are still making rounds in the educational system like uniform dress code and allowing the students to have a cell phone in the school campus.
Financial constrain comes as the biggest hurdle in the education. Students who cannot afford the education in the private schools have to settle down with the public schools which lack technological advancement. This turns out to be disadvantageous to the students who have a poor family background.
Understanding the impact of social issues in education:
Students tend to drop out from the schools due to the above mentioned social issues. This gives rise to the 2 different drawbacks of the educational system. The first being decline in the academic performance of the student and the second, where the teachers fail to treat students at par.
Some political issues in the education system require immediate attention of the policy makers. It is the government that has to monitor the strict compliance of the educational programs introduced for the benefit of the students studying in the public schools.
TeacherNews on February 25, 2019:
Very useful to all
fortune on November 20, 2013:
very helpful,add more details
Snehal Gajare (author) from Florida on April 26, 2011:
Hi Pierre Savoie
Thank you for your comments.
Pierre Savoie from Canada on April 25, 2011:
Although it is trendy in education, increasing self-esteem has no correlation with improved performance. Two groups get fantastic learning results by BREAKING DOWN the self-esteem of their students: the U.S. Army and the Jesuit priests. --Dinesh D'Souza, THE END OF RACISM, 1995.