Educational Aspirations

Table B. i shows responses to the question of how much education parents want their children to obtain (an issue discussed in chapter 2). The “college plus” category indicates that the respondent suggested that it might well be desirable to have education that extends beyond a bachelor’s degree; the “more than college” category indicates parents who named a professional degree or who were relatively insistent that their children continue their education beyond college. Because this table builds on qualitative responses, these cat­egories are illustrative rather than definitive. I divide the working class from the middle class here to show how aspirations for children increase with the parents’ own level of education.

TABLE B. I

Parents’ Expectations Concerning the Future Education of Their Children

Parents’ Own Level of Education

Associate’s degree

0%

5%

0%

College

40%

15%

0%

College plus

35%

70%

55%

More than college

25%

10%

45%

Total

100%

100%

100%

(N)

(24)

(30)

(35)

How Much Education They Want for Their Own Children

Less than College (Working Class)

College (Middle Class)

Graduate Degree (Professional Middle Class)