Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups
By Chandra Alford
In Chapter 2 of Academically Adrift, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa put forward the issue of under-prepared students flooding into higher education institutions. That under-preparation, note the authors, is caused by class differences among students. The authors support their claims about the origins and trajectories of the issues with statistical data, which breaks things into racial/ethnic differences alongside class barriers and boundaries.
Arum and Roksa admit that the statistics were stark and displayed the discrepancies in our educational system. Throughout the chapter, they kept relaying the idea that many high school graduates are landing in college without any clear idea or plan for their future. A large proportion of these students come from backgrounds that lacked access to resources due to their parents' lack of education and class status. At one point, the authors paraphrase work by Annette Larceau whose research indicates that "parents from different class backgrounds engage in different styles of parenting, which are differentially rewarded in the educational system.”
What are your responses to the idea students from low-income backgrounds are entering college at higher rates yet largely unprepared academically as opposed to their middle-class counterparts?