The other day, an article caught my eye because the headline was titled, “Poorer Kids May Be Too Respectful In Schools.” I went back to it because I was curious as to what possible reason there could be for poor children being so much more respectful in the classroom that there was an article on a scientific website about it.
The article actually went on to explain that an observational study found that, in a third through fifth grade classroom, working class children were less likely to ask for help than middle or upper class children and that when they do ask, they are “less aggressive about it.”
The study then said how it was likely due to the fact that working class parents may give their children less guidance and want them to work out problems on their own, while middle class parents encourage their children to seek out help and be assertive.
In my opinion, this is a lot of speculative conclusion from an unreliable study. It appears that a lot of classrooms were observed, but there could be so many third variables at play such as age, personality, location, even time of the year. Also, just because shy kids happen to more often be working class, doesn’t mean they are shy because they are working class, because correlation does not equal causation.
I think this study could use a lot of improvement, such as a bigger sample size and more look at the details instead of grand conclusions drawn from little evidence.