Picture this: You came to the United States as a 2-year old undocumented immigrant. You can’t really say to your parents, “We shouldn’t go to the U.S. That’s illegal and I don’t want to get caught”. So you go to school in the United States, K-12, because the schools have to accept you. As you grow up, you live every day in fear of being deported. Under the Obama-administration, a new policy was created called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at the age of 16 or under, who are called the DREAMERS, to be shielded from deportation.
I think Mike Rose was successful in being persuasive when he wrote this. I think he was successful because he not only states the jobs that require extra learning in the essay but he uses his own connection. He put his mother in the essay and talks about her work life and he puts in his uncle’s work life and talks about his transition to a higher position and the problems he had. In conclusion, there really isn’t a big difference between blue collar job and white collar jobs. One of the big differences is education level of the work.
Because we know education opportunity is created for all kids. The best escalator to opportunity in America is schooling (Wendy 2012). According to an investigation from a magazine, this escalator is broken. They expect each generation to do better, but currently, much more young Americans have less access to education, about twenty-nine percent than their parents than have more education about twenty percent, and as recently as 2000, the United States still ranked second in the share of the population with a college degree, but now they have dropped to fifth (Borosage and Vanden 2011). A basic element of the American dream is the equal access to education as the lubricant of social and economic mobility.
Through his many successes and obstacles, he still manages to create a new perspective on not going to college, making it just as wise of a decision as going to college depending on the career path and scholarly education a student accumulated in prior schooling. In addition to this modern philosophy, he mends a potential gap of knowledge between college students and students that follow another route. He proposes that a liberal education, a style that can only be given in college, should be given in primary education, giving a sense of equality between grade levels from primary to secondary schooling. As an effect, the stress of needing a degree diminishes and respect for people with or without one becomes indistinguishable. Murray stresses the importance to the
Schools are still cutting out electives and still can’t afford some of the basic things that students should have in their learning environment. Lynda Barry in her article The Sanctuary of School talks about how for some kids their school is their safe haven. She shows how valuable extracurricular activities and after school programs are when she says,” Before and after school programs are cut and we are told that public school are not made for baby-sitting children. If parents are neglectful temporarily or permanently, for whatever reason, it’s certainly sad, but their unlucky children must fend for themselves. (Barry 724-725) There are children in our communities that depend on the school to keep them safe and to offer protection when their parents are unable to do that but the schools are
Maddie Berlemann Mrs. Mercer Honors Freshman lit. March 2, 2017 Tuition Free College Even though opponents say that free college would not be an option because faculty would push for more pay, tuition free college is good for reasons such as making cities more successful, students would not be crushed by debt, students would value higher education and it would benefit the poor. According to Lawrence S. Wittner, “Free public higher education provides educational opportunities for all.” Including the low income families and students. As prices of schools rise lower income families have harder times paying for it not to mention the “thousands of dollars in room, board, books, and other living expenses” as Lawrence S. Wittner explains.
It is clear, then, that the U.S. is largely responsible for the current migration patterns. Still, there are those who oppose the legalization of DREAM Act for many valid but biased reasons. One claim is that the Act rewards illegal behavior and essentially grants amnesty. However, the potential beneficiaries of the Act received their immigration status from their parents while they were very young, their immigration being involuntary, so they should be able to contribute back to the only country they know. After all, under the Equal Protection Clause under the Fourteenth Amendment, all students have a right to an education, especially in a country that gets its reputation for equality
Many don’t realize that they are undocumented until they attempt to get their driver’s license when they turn sixteen. While all of their peers go on to getting their cars and go to college, many of these kids don’t have the same opportunities to pursue higher education. Kevin agreed and stated that: “I remember that in high school there was a College prep program that did not accept me because they believed that I wouldn’t have been able to go to college. If anything, it motivated to prove them wrong. Getting a job is also something that could be affected by my status.
My love of learning helped me to excel through elementary school and upon entering high school I realized that if I wanted to continue learning beyond high school I would need to be able to fund it because the higher education system is not as gracious as Head Start. At that point in time, I had one sibling in college and my parents were supporting two other children and a disabled grandparent, therefore there was no way they would be able to fund me furthering my education. The only possible solution to this was to apply the critical thinking skills and love of learning Head Start provided me with to get good grades so that I would be able to pay for my education through scholarships. Thankfully with hard work, dedication, and the skills Head Start provided me with I was able to graduate with a high enough GPA to qualify for some Georgia scholarships and an honors scholarship for my school that is funding the continuation of my education. I am now well into my second year at Agnes Scott College where I am pursuing a degree in Biochemistry so that I will be able to help ensure the well-being of others just as Head Start did for
As Rose Yabarra states in her article “For undocumented students, going to college takes more than discipline and an impressive academic record. It requires money--big money--since undocumented students in most states pay out-of-state tuition rates, and without a Social Security number, there are few scholarship opportunities.” this gives a description of the troubles young undocumented immigrants