An Introduction to Socio Economics in Education

Socio economics is the relationship of social behavior and economics. This is a study and implementation of how social norms of societies along with their ethics and unique mentality influence consumer behavior which shapes an economy.  Taken into consideration are also the history, politics and other social sciences which will provide potential results from changes to that society or its economy.

Furthermore, unlike mainstream schools of economics, it also takes into account issues such as the effect of the environment and ecology on consumption and wealth.  Socioeconomic status (SES) is measured as a combination of education, income and occupation. What this does is place a group of people under a particular class according to the power of that class, its privileges and the control it has in its society.

It can readily be understood, therefore, that socio economics affect the education of a people and that in turn affects the progress of the entire nation. For the past ten years (more or less), the rich have been steadily gaining more wealth while the rest of the social classes have been constantly losing theirs.

Not only have the lower social classes been losing wealth, but along with that they have been losing rights otherwise considered fundamental for the well being of a society. One such is the right to grow vegetable gardens.

One need not resort to reports from education or social specialists to realize how all of the above mentioned affect education. It is wise, though, to look at the issue square in the face to better comprehend how government decisions affect socio economics in education.

Poverty

If one comes from an economically underprivileged family, there is a higher possibility one’s education will reflect that background. How?

Unfortunately, a low income family usually lacks in funds to send its children to complete higher education and thus, acquire the skills for a better paying occupation. But that is the least of their problems. Coming from an economic background where parents are forced to work (if and when they can find work) far away from home or for long hours, it places the children of those parents at the mercy of many dangers.

Education

The most prominent of those dangers being lack of interest in education. That develops with time when the home environment is not one where the child can be helped to reach its full potential. These are students who, for the most part, struggle to learn the basic skills of reading, writing and solving math problems (Morgan, Farkas, Hillemeier, & Maczuga, 2009).

This gives birth to low self esteem and great stress, hence low self esteem gives rise (in a large percentage of children) to misbehavior. If the school or individual educator is not one who encourages and includes these children in the learning process without judgment, then these future citizens will most probably in turn give rise to the illiterate population of the nation, which means higher crime rates.

But these are not simply figures or statistics which may show up in various research; these are the future consumers which will or will not be able to promote a higher standard of living in their respective country. As it may be readily understood, to reverse this situation there must be an improvement in the school systems. Under better funded school facilities the educators in those facilities can then proceed to provide the appropriate assistance to these children.

In a country with higher socio economic conditions education functions in a more fitting method yielding more productive citizens and as a result a higher standard of living for the entire nation.  Now that one better understands how socio economics affects education, one should wonder about how the education system in one’s country is fairing.

This writer took a virtual trip back to Houston (home town) only to discover that the high school attended about 30 years ago, had not only changed its name but had been reduced to rags.

Such a consequence had everything to do with the socio economic status of the students’ families and the government’s will or lack of to fund the school appropriately. The once popular and highly acclaimed school was now one infamous for its high percentage of dropouts and student drug use.

It goes without saying that if the US is to realize its pledge of ‘liberty and justice’ and equal opportunities for all, it must take that pledge out of its paper work and make it a practice inclusive of all its children by creating the socio economic conditions necessary to promote that needed education so that truly no child will be left behind.