What should be done about the problems faced by low socioeconomic status children in the educational system?
The question was not about poor schools it was about children in a low socio/economic bracket. We cannot assume that parents in low socio/economic situations are poor, uninvolved, or uncaring of their children's needs. Recognizing the special needs of these kids might include: not using homework assignments that require extra supplies; arranging parent teacher conferences at the parent's convenience (many are working multiple jobs to make ends meet and are exhausted). Our school district provides backpacks filled with healthy snacks, drinks, and other food for some of these kids to take home on weekends, so they are ensured of something to eat when they won't be eating at school.
The key is more community and positive parental involvement. Getting parents involved is certainly not a simple task, and I'm sure there is no true consensus on the matter. It needs to be done, and would make a huge difference. But, it is one of those things that will be nearly impossible to put in place.
Getting more parents to value their children's mental, emotional, and physical well-being, as well as their education would make a big difference in the lives of low income children. If they know that their parents believe in them, that would give them a lot of hope and help many struggling students improve in many ways. It all starts at home. Parents are the first teachers in a child's life. And parents are certainly the most important teachers in a child's life.