There are a number of factors that affect the quality of education received by a child, and the location in which that child lives is definitely one of them.
People living in poverty are as diverse as people belonging to any other socioeconomic class, and there are exceptions within that class, as in all walks of life. Therefore, it is safe for you to assume that some children growing up in poverty are going to thrive in education and rise above the limited opportunities presented to them, thanks in no small part to the effort of parents not to let the child’s environment influence the outcome of their education. Nonetheless, the correlation between poverty and poor educational outcomes is well established. Low levels of employment, high levels of crime, and overcrowding are all factors that can have an enormously negative impact on a child’s educational outcomes. A child absorbs what they see and hear around them, and if those experiences are overwhelmingly negative then the child is going to form a particularly negative view of the world and their place in it.
Another issue to consider is that the general environment you live in may be having a negative impact on your child and their education, regardless of how good the area is. Some children may not thrive in an urban setting, for instance, and find that an overcrowded city or town makes them retreat into themselves. This can have a particularly negative consequence for children who are already introverted by nature. Alternatively, if you live in a rural location, there may be not be adequate services and facilities nearby to meet your child’s educational needs. They may have to travel a long distance to school each day, causing them to miss out on critical free time. On the other hand, a quieter, more rural location may suit some children, especially those who prefer to be outdoors.
Yet another issue to consider is how the location in which you live impacts on your ability to spend time with your children, helping them with their homework or just having an evening-time chat. If you have to commute a significant distance to work, you may effectively be missing your children growing up, with adverse consequences for their personal development and educational attainment.
There is no universal rule that says if you live in a richer area your children will have better educational outcomes. On average, they will obtain a better education, but if you want to maximize your child’s potential, one option you could consider is sending them to a private school.
If you take an institution such as Kingsdale Foundation School, Southwark in London, then you will see the benefit of a private education in terms of the focus, not only on academic achievement, but also personal achievement and the creation of an environment that allows students to excel from a personal point of view. Some children, for a number of reasons, may not thrive in a mainstream school. Perhaps they require a degree of extra attention that teachers in a mainstream school may not be able to provide. Alternatively, the school may not have a curriculum that plays to their strengths, in contrast to the tailored approach of private schools.
You want what is best for your child, so ask yourself if the location in which you and your family live is maximizing your child’s educational potential. Regardless of where you live, however, remember that by fostering a caring, nurturing environment in the home you are contributing in no small way to your child’s education attainment.