A new Toronto District School Board parent survey has shown an alarming trend that illustrates how cultural and social-economic factors are impacting a child’s elementary school education. The second-ever census, released Friday, depicts that out of almost 90,000 parents surveyed it was found out that even though majority were satisfied with the kindergarten to Grade 6 curriculum, there was an astonishing difference between students of low and high income families.
The census revealed that the students of higher income families are very much more likely to participate in after-school activities, when compared to other students that are from a lower-income households. The report mentions that an average of 59 per cent of students whose family earned a total household income of $100,000 were seen to be participating in after-school arts programs, whereas there were only 32 per cent of students from families earning less than $30,000. This distinction was even more widened when it came to sports. The survey found out that 87 per cent students enrolled in some sort of athletic or recreational program belonged to families raking in $100,000 or more, whereas it only had 38 per cent of students from families earning $30,000 or less.
Additionally, the survey revealed that a majority of families grouped in the lowest income brackets were either immigrants or visible minorities. An official of TDSB informed reporters at a press conference on Friday, that “all the visible minority groups mostly from immigrant backgrounds, the majority of the families are coming from the two lowest income bracket groups.”
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