In many school districts, every seven years, textbooks have to be updated and schools have to pay for new ones. However, low-income schools that already are struggling financially are now having to pay more money for technology compared to the amount of money that was spent for textbooks. The money that went was invested into buying textbooks has gone to waste. “...many schools had to develop or purchase new curricula and materials that were aligned to the Common Core” (Meador). This proves that the new classwork and homework that the new standards have implemented have forced schools to buy the new technology or else the students would be left helpless and unable to learn.
The pro side of the debate feels that charter schools are necessary to public education. They believe charter schools should be encouraged as an alternative to traditional public education simply because education is not a “one size fits all” (Genma Holmes). Not all children will excel in the same environment due to the mere fact that students all have different needs as individuals. However, what they do not recognize is that it comes at the cost of implementing more economic and racial segregation, widening the gap in student achievement. The establishment of these schools also means the “loss of funding for traditional public schools, leading to fiscal inefficiency” (US Connect).
If all the students are worried about is getting good grades to get those scholarships, then they are in school for the wrong reason. I believe that the point of going to school is to learn material not to take the easy route to satisfy yourself by getting good grades. I would rather fail something and learn from it, than pass with flying colors and not learn anything at all just because I wanted the money. Yes there is more of a reward for getting good grades rather than learning the material but what are you really getting out of it if you are not learning anything. Rags to riches, which means you might be the rag and at the bottom while you are in school, but if you learn something in school and work hard you while eventually be on the rich side of things.
As technology increases, textbooks are becoming more obsolete, but can still be used in classrooms. Textbooks are a resource that can benefit students greatly, but there are school districts throughout America that simply can’t afford new textbooks. “The court noted that ‘they go to the very heart of education,’ and that they ‘are the most essential tool of education since they contain the resources of knowledge which the educational process is designed to exploit’” (Merjian 12). Even though the courts agreed that the textbooks are a benefit to students, they feel as though it is up to the school districts to provide them. Which leads to the major problem, some school districts can’t afford them.
Throughout Valerie’s writing she uses multiple rhetorical devices to make her argument stronger to persuade the reader. Her first premise is that “Privatized school choice will inevitably reduce funding for your local neighborhood public schools.” She stated that taxpayers are paying for our children’s education and that their money goes with the student whether it be private schools, public schools or charter schools. It is argued by many people that the money is “backpacked” and that the money follows the student to where they go, but it doesn’t affect the public schools. She says in the article that it isn’t true. The second premise that is
Are Schools Overstepping Their Boundaries? Would schools be overstepping their boundaries by requiring community service hours? While parents and civic leaders feel that volunteering strengthens bonds between school and the community, high schools should not require community service hours for graduation because it will interfere with more important priorities that students have, students are busy and stressed enough with school and jobs, and schools should not interfere with students involvement in the community. First of all, students have priorities such as jobs and after school activities. 1 in 4 high school students have jobs, which interferes with most of their time.
Ken Robinson gave a TED talk regarding creativity not being as nourished in schools as it should be. He talks in respect to the uncertainty of the future; and instead of telling the succeeding generation that they need to stick with a career path that will remain steady and beneficial, we need to support the paths they 've chosen. In addition to the parents pushing the kids to become successful in the arts, the schools they attend also need to have a game plan to help put these children on an accelerated and successful career path. He explains how in all education systems math and science stand at the top of the "hierarchy" with the arts at the bottom. The system comes about based on two ideas, subjects that prove useful for work and academic ability.
Bob says that teacher certification is not enough to show that that certain teacher is good enough to be effective to all students. Bob states that schools in the past didn’t research the teachers so they could make the students score high on end of course exams. He states that schools have to change the way they higher teachers so they can tell the difference between good and bad teachers. Bob states that doing this would help our students to be more successful. The second solution that Bob states is that schools should teach all types of school models.
If I were to create a plan to evaluate a program or intervention, the level of IRB review would be expedited. It would be deemed this level, because it would involve minimal risk. The likelihood that the research would cause any more stress than everyday life is very low. I would be conducting programs and interventions in schools. Because children would be involved, I would not qualify for an exemption from an IRB.
School choice is the idea that parents should be able to choose which school they want to send their children to, whether they enroll them to private, charter, parochial or virtual schools, or just decide to homeschool them. “Charter schools are our best hope for meaningful change in education. Yet, many parents are leery of charter schools or confused by them.” (“Should all Schools”) Some politicians and teachers believe that school choice takes away money from them since they do use tax dollars. However, having school choice is crucial for students who cannot learn and thrive in the curriculum or the teaching styles of their school systems. School choice has the potential to raise test scores and grades of low performing students in a traditional public school.