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Children are born innocent of prejudice and of the thoughts that affect much of society in a negative way.

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Sociology in Classrooms Ideas - Collette Reynolds 02/05/2003 Children are born innocent of prejudice and of the thoughts that affect much of society in a negative way. Their ideals form over the years based upon those of their parents and of other adults around them. Schools are one of the most informative places for children, not only academically, but also in learning the social skills required for them to interact harmoniously with other people in adulthood. School gives children the information and the experience of interacting with other people required for them to challenge the view of their parents and ultimately adopt one that they are comfortable with themselves. So what happens when parents have a major influence on which type of school a child enrols at? It is a sad fact of life that many adults have grown up with and not been able to or willing to challenge prejudices. These statements, whether they are grounded in race, class or abilities become impregnated in the thought processes of their children. Only when these children are at school and are given alternative points of view and experiences external to those from the family setting, do they have the information to challenge what they have learned from their parents about the people that they live with. ...read more.


would have been encouraged to read from an earlier age at home, their mental abilities could therefore be more acute, and they would therefore do generally better at school. Keen parental influences on those children would often suggest that these children would be better behaved. The truancy levels would be lower as the children would be aware that school is important, their attention in class would be better, and their discipline in the classroom would be more improved. This all leads to a better level of results and education for the children and also for the schools, which would then be elevated in the league tables and the cycle would continue. On the other hand, parents who do not show a keen interest in the educational development of their children, who have little say in their children's discipline, and who do not care which school they attend, would end up having their children going to schools which are lower on the league tables. These children would be thrust into an environment with children on similar levels of education and with other behavioural issues, their home life may not be necessarily a positive influence on their growing up and a group of children in this situation would become the main population of that school. ...read more.


Would that child's education suffer because they were in attendance at a school that is lower in the league tables than another school in the same area? Would they be dragged down by their peer group and end up in the same kinds of trouble as the children that they associate with during school hours, purely because they are in that school and not another one? The problems identified as possibilities with parents sending their children to a specific school are generally also identifiable in the populations of the surrounding areas and the areas in which the parents can afford to or choose to live. Schools will always reflect the social problems of the surrounding areas, but, if parents were able to choose which school to send their child to based upon their levels of prejudice and support of their child's education, then the school no longer has any way of trying to break down the inherent problems in society. It is a cycle of thought processes and prejudice that causes the majority of problems in society today, and unless this is addressed and people are educated then it will remain so. Allowing parents to influence the child's schooling so far as choosing the school that they attend only fuels the cycle further and removes the tool for educating those children. ...read more.

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