It’s how you save somebody’s life” (163). If Jolly did not learn CPR, her life as a mother could change if something did happen to her child and she did not know what to do. Jolly going to school has a huge impact on her identity because it gives her confidence that she can take care of her kids and her apartment. The school also made her believe that she can actually be good at something if you try hard enough. Jolly could not have got those grades without trying.
The Children’s Defense Fund (2015) is set out to “ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation” (para. 4). The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has awarded scholarship on behalf of students showing academic excellence through its Beat the Odds program. Beat the Odds recognizes students that are faced with hardships and otherwise would never be able to afford or attend a higher educational institution.
School Funding Inequality “One of the most powerful tools for empowering individuals and communities is making certain that any individual who wants to receive a quality education can do so” (Christine Gregoire). Everyone deserves an equal education regardless of where they live or who their parents are. Children are facing the consequences of decisions they can’t make. The current way public schools are being funded is not working effectively, students are suffering and there needs to be a change. Basing school funding on property tax leads to unequal opportunities and environments for students, even though the government may claim it is not up to them, there needs to be a drastic change.
1. Based on this week 's readings, how might teachers best support the needs of Hmong students who might have special needs? When working with Hmong American students who might have special needs, what should teachers be aware of when working with their parents? Research showed that Hmong parents cared deeply about their children. They want all of their children to succeed despite how they are born with their unique character traits.
In response to the Ron Edmond 's correlates for an effective school, I gave my learning institution a score of fair in the area of high expectations for success. In the role of inclusion teacher, I have noticed an educational/professional disconnect with faculty and staff in regards to teaching students with special needs. In some cases, teachers fail to provide an inclusive classroom atmosphere that engages all learners. Moreover, I believe some general education teachers have a negative preconceived perspective about disabled individuals which affects their ability to build genuine relationships. Many teachers do not desire to teach children with disabilities.
However, the federal government had attempted to aid these underfunded and undereducated families. Head Start, a federal preschool program, has the purpose to raise test scores in the long term; however, “it has repeatedly been proven ineffectual.” By observing the in efficacy present in a Head Start class, it is apparent why the program is failing. Levitt and Dubner conclude, “the typical Head Start child spends the day with someone else’s undereducated, overworked mother” along
Everyone deserves a quality education and a safe place to learn. Of course we want what’s best for our students, but when students have to study in run down buildings and in hazardous learning environments; it’s morally wrong to be put in that situation for students and staff. Proposition 51, or the California Public School Facility Bonds Initiative provides $9 billion in bonds to fund improvement and construction of school facilities for K-12 schools and community colleges. There has been many school bonds in the past, but Prop 51 is the first school bond measure to appear on the ballot as an initiative and is first education related bond since 2006. Although many people that oppose Prop 51 argue that 51 will leave us
Common Core has unfounded negative connotations. Society does not like change and Common Core calls for change. The reality is Common Core changes the way our children learn material and better prepares them for college and a future career. Alexandra Petri laments the requirement that, "70 percent of high school seniors’ reading assignments be nonfiction” (Seyler). This is not an irrational expectation for those preparing to enter college level courses or the workforce.
However, imagine a child’s experience through school without recess. For a growing number of students, losing recess is a startling reality while forty percent of U.S. schools are currently reducing or eliminating recess time (Dills 889). The elementary schools claim more classroom instruction is needed instead of recess. However, recess is a crucial part of children’s development and should not be eliminated. Elementary schools should be required to provide adequate recess time because recess promotes social development and increases physical activity that improves classroom focus
I believe that year round schooling will greatly benefit students, teachers, and families. "Since most of us grew up with the traditional calendar, changing to year-round [suggests] that we did it wrong.... It is human nature to resist change, (but) I believe the traditional nine months on, three months off calendar is educational malpractice," said Nautilus Elementary school Principal, Hazel Colebank (qtd. In Chaika). Is the fear of change shielding us from a better way of
In the article "The secret to Raising Smart Kids" I unaware of the complexities that came along with how to raise a child to have a passion for learning. Carol Dweck offers reasoning why students should be taught that success comes from effort, rather than how naturally brilliant or talented they are. Teaching professionals, and also parents should all become aware of the different types of praise can vastly effect a child 's mind set. Student should be welcoming towards a challenge rather than call it quits. This process of teaching students to rely more effort, and have more of a growth mind-set should become part of the teaching program, this could dramatically create a difference in the behavior of students struggle in school.
For example, when Greene stated that, “. Poverty, broken homes, lack of English proﬁciency, poor parenting, and any number of other factors pose serious educational challenges for some students…”( Greene, 478). Likewise, Ravitch said that, “I too was captivated by these ideas. They promised to end bureaucracy, to ensure that poor children and were not neglected, to empower poor parents, to enable poor children to escape failing schools, and to close the achievement gap between rich and poor, black and white. Testing would shine a spotlight on low-performing schools, and choice would create opportunities for poor kids to leave for better schools.” (Ravitch, 495).
Freakonomics also discusses the study called the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study which was a study of how kids did in school from Kindergarden to 5th grade based on how well they did in school. It was conducted by the U.S Department of Education. The data implies it is the parent’s fault for not giving the child a good education that they deserve. If they have a lack of resources, they are unlikely to succeed in school (168-169). Whatever the parent has for the child will likely determine the success rate.