The Poor will not necessarily Fail at School
“We tend to overestimate the impact of poverty,” stated Andreas Schleicher from The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development who analyse Pisa tests. This comes after Mr Schleicher discovered that the poorest students in Shanghai achieved the same results as wealthy students in the UK.
However, this is just one piece of information that Mr Schleicher presented, and it was clear that many poorer students in other countries do far better or equal to the wealthiest of children in other areas. For example, the poorest 10% of pupils in Hong Kong achieved higher grades than the wealthiest students in Norway and Sweden.
Following these reports, Education Secretary, Michael Gove, urged that schools in the UK should take individual Pisa exams; enabling effective comparisons to be made between UK students on an international level.
TOP MATHS PERFORMERS AMONG THE POOREST 10% OF PUPILS
- Hong Kong
- Macao China
- South Korea
Mr. Schleicher went on to state that his findings
“Debunk the myth that poverty is destiny” and that “we tend to overestimate the impact of poverty,”
Much of the information presented by Mr. Schleicher shows us that there is no direct correlation between coming from a poor background and achieving lower academic grades.