Social Problem Analytic Framework: Equity in Education Social Problem Analytic Framework: Equity in Education Kiki Grimes Grand Canyon University SOC-220 Social Problems June 14, 2018
EQUITY IN EDUCATION 2 Social Problem Analytic Framework: Equity in Education There isn't a global issue more prominent today than equity. There are a plethora of convenient handles when discussing equity. They vary from race, gender, language, poverty, access to technology, and more recently, education. This social problem is steadily accumulating to become a momentous issue as the number of people with a lack of access to an education steadily increases. In the following essay I will discuss the social problem of equity in education including the vision of change, possible direction to achieve these changes, historical background, as well as suggested strategies to alleviate the problem. Problem Statement about equity in Education All students should have the resources necessary for a high-quality education readily available. However, there are a majority of students who need more resources to get there. Here’s where equity comes in. Those who are academically lagging require more of these resources to succeed, and eventually, close the achievement gap. Recently, the financial costs for students pursuing an education beyond high school has become a huge economic catastrophe. The level of debt from student loans has reached new heights as it contributes to the all ever growing economic deficit we face today. As stated in the Student Loan Crisis, “Dai (2013) reported that student debt almost doubled from $0.5 trillion in 2007 to over $1 trillion in 2013,” (Razaki, Koprowski, & Lindberg, 2014, pg. 96). The ever-growing costs of attending college and the societal pressure to attain a college degree affects people’s future economic plans. Such things like home ownership, entrepreneurial ventures, of the starting of a family are sometimes put on a hold or stiffened because financial struggles brought upon by student loan debt. The problem of student loan debt needs to be resolved. The burgeoning system for furthering one’s education is a societal issue that affects many American students and families. Additionally, racial discrimination is another prevalent factor within educational injustice. Racism is deeply engrained within our society and continues to affect all aspects of
EQUITY IN EDUCATION 3 colored people’s lives. Timothy Larkin, the author of Our Social World, stated, “Prejudice can produce social inferiority, thus pushing minority members into racially segregated housing, low- paying jobs, and inferior schools” (Larkin, 2015, para. 21). The end of legal segregation in 1964 was followed by the governments attempt to equalize the education system for minority groups.
- Fall '14
- Sociology, Center for Public Education, Timothy Larkin