Social Stratification is the method by which various groups of people in the society are placed. People are often grouped according to status, wealth and income, social class, ethnicity, gender, political status and even religion. Social Stratification can be linked with Karl Marx, Marxism theory which deals with the human society and its superstructure which describes a structure by which people are also organized according to their statuses, abilities, economical needs and material needs.
In Trinidad and Tobago, Social Stratification does affect teacher performance greatly; this is so since according to some research done by Mr. Raymond Hackett on teacher performance in Trinidad and Tobago, he states that teachers are motivated in different ways to join the teaching profession. The ways in which they are motivated are also stratified in the sense that they choose the job of teaching based on opportunities for promotion and growth in the education system, for their perceptions: on existing salaries, of existing working conditions, of job security and finally for their beliefs on teaching as an interesting work.
With these different reasons teachers join the service and then social stratification affects their performance in the classroom. Social stratification is included in the classroom when teachers separate students due to status, gender, wealth, social class and religion. Social Stratification is not something which persons can only speak about but it is something which is quite noticeable in schools today.
In my previous field-teaching experience, I noticed many aspects of the classroom and what I really could never forget is some teachers’ method of dealing with some students compared to others in terms of behavior. Students at this school were seated according to weaknesses in school which was good since when there is a very intelligent student seated next to a student who has a little trouble with understanding work, it is very nice that the students who can understand it better would be able to help the students who cannot understand as good.