why does childhood poverty make educational attainment more difficult

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I am doing AS sociology, this question, i just don't get it , i have an EXAM in June so can anyone help out please, this is the question from the "Class and educational achievement" section, please ASAP. Thanks 

Posted Tue 5th March, 2013 @ 22:00 by maryam s

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Hi Maryam

Childhood poverty means that a child may have poor housing, poor diet and health and little money for extra curricular activities.

Children living in poor housing could mean that they're living in an overcrowded space meaning they have little money to explore and do homework without interruption. Living in poor housing could also mean that they live in damp conditions causing them to be ill and therefore miss school.

According to Howard poor diet causes low educational attainment as children are taking in less vitamins due to not eating 3 meals a day. Causing them to be ill and therefore miss school.

Finally having little money means parents can't afford to buy the books and materials needed to thrive in education and place a huge burden on parents. Parents may also not be able to afford new clothes and children may have to make do with `hand-me-downs` for which they're bullied causing a bitter approach towards school. Also children from deprived backgrounds take on part-time jobs such as babysitting or paper rounds which may have an affect on their education.

I hope this is helpful, comment if you have any other questions :)

Answered Thu 7th March, 2013 @ 16:17 by Georgia
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Hi Georgia, this was really helpful, i will comment if i have any more questions that i don't get , thank you so much, really useful 

Answered Sun 10th March, 2013 @ 23:53 by maryam s
Edited by maryam s on Sun 10th March, 2013 @ 23:54