Money Talks


One thing that I have learned in my eighteen years of life
is that the more money you have the better off you are. This is
true for just about anything, even education. Everyone should be
able to get the same education no matter what their family’s
income level is, but I find this to be untrue. It seems to me
that the more money a person puts out, the better education he or
she is going to receive. This affects all schools from elementary
to high school and even into college.
I grew up in a lower, middle class family, and my mother did
not have the money to send me to a private school, so she entered
me into the local public school system. Through elementary and
middle school I really could not notice any difference in
anyone’s education, mostly because I only knew people that went
to my school, but when I got into high school, it was very
obvious that the student from St. Gregory’s private school had
gotten a much better education than just about everyone that I
knew. Now that I think about why these students got a better
education than students at my school, it is really very simple to
figure out, money. The kids that went to private schools got a
better education because they paid for it. It seemed to me that
the students from St. Gregory’s were much more prepared for high
school than anyone that went to my middle school. The kids from
the private school were all in honors classes, but there were
only a few students from the public school in honors classes.
High schools work the same way. I have a lot of friends that
went to Mercyhurst and Cathedral Prep and most of them graduated
from high school with a 4.0 or higher grade point average and
have now gone on to very prestigious colleges and then well-paid
careers. Once again money is the reason that these people got
such good educations. It seems that students from private schools
have a better chance of getting good grades and getting into a
prestigious college. After graduating from a highly regarded
college, most of these students will then, most likely, go on to
successful careers.
Money should not affect what type of education a person
gets, but it does. When a teacher is making more money, they
teach more and in different ways than a teacher that makes less
money. It also seems that teachers who are paid more, private
school teachers, seem to care more about how well their students
do. I know from the experiences that I had in my high school that
the teachers complained that they were overworked and underpaid,
and they really did not care how any of the students did. As long
as we did not bother them, they really did not care at all.
“It’s no surprise that schools in wealthy communities than
those in poor communities, or that they better prepare their
students for desirable jobs”(186). Jean Anyon’s essay “From
Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” tells how
students of lower class families do not receive as well of an
education as families with more money. In working-class schools
“the teachers rarely explain why the work is being assigned, how
it might connect to other assignments, or what the idea is that
lies behind the procedure or gives it coherence and perhaps
meaning or significance”(190). In the authors next group she
discusses the middle-class schools. “Work tasks do not usually
request creativity. Serious attention is rarely given in school
work on how the children develop or express their own feelings or
ideas, either linguistically or in graphic form”(194). She
explains that teachers in the middle-class schools usually have
little evaluation of the students. In higher or elite schools the
teaching is done differently. These schools are taught more like
a college than a high school. The students are forced by the
teachers to get their own information for papers and other work.
“Children are continually asked to reason through a problem, to
produce intellectual products that are both logically sound and
of top academic quality”(198). The teachers in these types of
schools force the students to become more involved in their
schoolwork than the teachers of the other types of schools do.
Jean Anyon’s essay shows exactly what I was saying: the more
money that is put into a person’s education, the better education
that person is going to receive.
Another good example of money helping to get a better
education or job comes from Learning Power, the opening essay of
the education unit.
In the