This essay aims to examine the extent to which class conflict affects education and life opportunities. The following paragraphs seek to illustrate how factors such as class position and parental attitudes affect education and life opportunities among different social classes and the conflict that lies between them. In order to understand the content of this essay it is first necessary to understand all of the possible variables involved. Throughout this essay I will examine the definitions of class, conflict, education and opportunity. The main body of the essay seeks to highlight the reason as to why people are members of certain classes and the effects this has on their chances for education and life opportunities, using …show more content…
This is to promote language development. Also parents should attend school event such as parent teacher meetings and comply with the requests teachers make of parents in furthering a child’s education. School success is positively linked with parental involvement (Lareau, 2000). Through research it has been proven that a lack of “parental involvement is not random and that social classes have a powerful influence on parent involvement patterns” (Lareau, 2000).For example, “between forty and sixty per cent of working … and lower-class parents fail to attend parent teacher conferences. For middle-class parents these figures are nearly halved, i.e., about twenty to thirty per cent.
(Lightfoot1978, et al.). This is also proven true when we turn to the promotion of language development. These areas include “reading to children, taking children to the library, attending school events and enrolling children in summer school” (Lareau, 2000). Middle class parents were shown to take a more active role in schooling than the parents of middle and lower class children.
Originally to enter the secondary educational system in Britain a fee had to be paid. It was privately organised and based on “differentiation along lines of social class” (McCulloch, 1998). The working and lower classes were only obliged to attend elementary education. Secondary education was intended solely for the