|Author(s)||Pergar Kuscer, M:|
|Editor||Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.|
The experiences and learning opportunities given in the early years play an important role in a child's future life. Children who encounter problems at school often come from deprived environments: there is a lot of evidence which shows that children from different social classes achieve differently, and that the average higher-status child stays at school longer and does better than the lower-status child. However, social class may be influential in several different ways - beside the cost of education, it may affect family expectations, cultural background, language problems, the attitude of teachers and peer-group influence.