The documentary relates to the United States in the way of that the public school system is broken. Government and political officials have repeatedly promised to correct the public school system and have failed to deliver. Programs such as the no child left behind act and standardized tests have been created to correct this system. But these programs and tests actually hurt this system since they are based on a narrow curriculum not measuring an individual student 's skills and talents. Other issues which are mentioned in the documentary and affect our country are teachers unions and tenure. Teachers unions refuse to reward good teachers who actually aid our nation 's students so they are able to succeed. The tenure system legislated by the American Association of University Professors in 1900, keeps teachers who hinder the education and performance of students from being fired. Which leaves students to fail and these teachers with no repercussions. Such as in New York, between 2006 and 2011 only 32 out of 132,000 teachers were fired for any reason. …show more content…
This data along with data from other cities such as Chicago where only 0.1% of teachers between 2005 and 2008 were dismissed for performance-related circumstances, proves that in the united stated the public school system is broken and in need of help as stated in “Waiting for
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This brings up plenty of problems, especially when there is only one opinion going into making crucial decisions. One of the decisions the government decided to make is to not pay outrageous salaries anymore (O’Connor). The problem with this is that teachers make nothing near outrageous salaries. By cutting salaries of teachers and people above them, there will be less incentive to work. Not only do they not get paid nearly enough for what they do, but they have to buy their own classroom supplies as well.
In Chris Sweda’s article,”As CPS schools empty: Mayor Emanuel, don’t let this crisis go to waste”, he informs the audience how CPS schools are actually still in debt. Sweda validates how elementary schools are closing left and right in the chicago areas and that's including the school system being still in debt with teachers pensions. Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't want to mislead teachers, union leaders, and parents on the perception of how he believes educations is the most important key factor of keeping CPS schools running. Mayor Emanuel believes in downsizing classrooms to decrease the money of these half vacant CPS and move the students to better safer schools. It does not make sense in the eye of the Mayor to keep these low populated
Steven Singer attempts to contradict the narrative presented by many right wing politicians that claim the American school system is failing in his article, “U.S. Public Schools Are Not Failing. They’re Among The Best In The World” (Huffington Post February 13 2017). In this piece Singer works to argue the claims that have been made against the US public school system; he defends the system by listing the various positives in the system, and exercises pathos by shining light on how America guarantees the right of education to all students regardless of social class or race; Singer uses this point throughout the article by justifying the fact that our test scores are not up to par with other countries by reiterating the fact that because we
Speaker: The speaker of the article is Marc Sternberg, a former principal and the current director for the K-12 education for the Walter Family Foundation. He is a credible source because he has worked in the education system before and has turned a school with a 34% graduation rate to an 86% graduation rate due to him hiring exceptional teachers. Occasion: Marc Sternberg is addressing this topic because of the mayor’s recent decision to employ bad teachers. This is revealed in the beginning of the article. He is frustrated because he is a former principal and knows the effect of an exceptional teacher on the students.
Did you know that the United States ranks 17th in education performance? That is a huge drop from 1980 when the United States was ranked 1st. Clearly, our education system has gone in a downward spiral and is struggling to keep up with other countries. The documentary, “Waiting for Superman” by David Guggenheim, and the article, “Idiot Nation” by Michael Moore, discuss the weaknesses in our education system. Although both authors offer compelling arguments, “Waiting for Superman” contained a better argument because of its abundance of rhetorical strategies, whereas “Idiot Nation” contained some logical fallacies.
Similarities and Differences between the Films An apparent similarity in both Won’t Back Down and Children in America’s Schools is that they both focus on disadvantaged schools. The failing schools in both films can be described with some of the same characteristics, such as overcrowded classrooms, unmotivated teachers, insufficient funding, and lack of school resources. Children in America’s Schools begins by showing several schools in impoverished districts that are certainly not suitable learning environments for children. These schools have molded walls, collapsed ceilings, and torn textbooks compared to the wealthier schools districts that possess advanced facilities such as computer labs, Olympic sized pools, robotic labs and advance courses.
In his short story, “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me,” Sherman Alexie narrates his journey of how he learned to read. He shows readers how he overcame his struggle of becoming literate and how he refused to follow the typical lifestyle of an Indian boy. Alexie’s great passion for reading lead him to stand up against American prejudices, becoming an inspiration to many Indians who struggled to read and who were expected to be stupid. Many of his fellow classmates who expected Alexie to fail with them were monosyllabic in the classroom, but once they got home, they were lively and great storytellers. Alexie, however, refused to be stupid in public because he knew that he was capable of achieving success and was not going to accept
Teachers, especially teachers who specialize in the arts, are now having difficulty finding jobs in their field because of the limited spots available. They are being forced to teach subjects that they are not familiar with just to find a job. School boards are also the ones who have to deal with budget cuts and decide what needs to be taken out of the
In the story the joy of reading Superman and me Sherman Alexie tells an emotional story of both hardship and success. He shares his struggles of being a poor Indian kid destined to fail, but he had a desire to be persevere he wanted to be more than the stereotypical uneducated Indian on a reservation and was determined to do so. He was inspired by his father to love books, and with the love for books came the ability to escape from the boundaries of the reservation and the dream to be more. Alexie shares how he taught his self to read with a superman comic book and with his witty metaphors how it shaped his life. I found Alexis story to be emotional, but yet very interesting.
This film shows a huge issue with federalism. Within the test cases shown in the video, we see the national law that requires desegregation and the state laws stating that blacks and whites must be segregated clashing. The Brown Vs Board of Education case determined that the "separate but equal" doctrine violated the constitution because it did not offer equal protection to all people. This made some state governments very angry because they believed that ruling schools to be desegregated violated their personal rights, which was obviously not the case. The state governments didn't want to help desegregate the schools because the governors wanted the students to be segregated, but since national law stated that students will not be segregated or discriminated against, they sent help from the National Guard to protect the black students.
By the author using factual sources, he made it so people view him as a credible source and will agree with his opinion. Richwine first discussed the topic of finding qualified teacher and how hard the process is getting and that raising the salary was not be able to resolve the problem, “Even without the tenure obstacle, putting the best teachers in the classroom is a more challenging problem than many reformers will admit. One of the most common reformist prescriptions is raising teacher pay to attract stronger applicants. The logic seems simple, even obvious. But raising teacher pay will not work.”
This fact supports the my earlier statements regarding the availability of high quality teachers. Not only that but, the fact that in order for students to receive the best possible education, the teachers are the either the root of the problem or the solution: “North Carolina ranks 34th in academic and work environment quality” (Bernardo). Higher teacher pay means a higher teacher population which, in turn, increases the availability of teachers with better qualifications. This is outlined in the many plans proposed on how to govern teacher pay and its increases: “Knowledge and skills based pay-Teachers earn permanent increased for acquiring new skills and applying those skills”
Summary & Reaction to “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me.” Born in 1966, Sherman Alexie was raised by a lower class family, who had little to no money. Alexie was inspired to write “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” after teaching himself to read by using pictures from a Superman comic book. Alexie uses strong emotion throughout this slight essay to engage the reader. Alexie starts off his slight essay by going into background information about his childhood, family financial status, and his first discovery of learning how to read.
Imagine a school where ______% of the students transfer out and school morale is down the drain. Looking in classrooms you would see disengaged students and tired teachers. This is every teacher’s, administration’s. and community’s nightmare, and was the reality for Elizabeth Forward School District. With prominent truancy and disengagement issues, teachers had obvious trouble reaching students, many feared that their students wouldn’t graduate.
On November 9, Mead School District held the fifth school board meeting of this academic year. Running the meeting was Superintendent Tom Rockefeller, President Board Director Ron Farley, Vice President Board Director Denny Denholm, and Board Directors, Maureen O’Connor, Robert Olson, and Carmen Green. All of the directors were recently re-elected, excluding Maureen O’Connor who isn’t up for re-election until next year. Due to this, there was an almost celebratory feel to the meeting, with many of the Directors, especially Vice-President Denholm, making jokes and being conversational with the small audience. At the meeting, I was the only person attending that was not giving a presentation to the board.