Throughout my time spent and participation in Zapoura’s class on enhancing literacy I have since learned very much about the education system. We as a class have been given a multitude of resources to information that is all interconnected with problems that lace and muddle the education system like an ugly cobweb. We’ve looked at troubles with the achievement gap, the DREAM act, No Child Left Behind, and so on. We couldn’t cover everything but I know that I can say confidently that I understand the education system far better than I did before I took this class. I understand the politics more, the financial dispersement of government funds, and how all of these troubles are piling up faster than they can be sorted out. This week, we see articles regarding cultural integration and acceptance in progressing the lessons that are used to teach and enrich our children and teens in schools now. We were also presented with several home pages to organizations that are geared toward equity on a grand scale for parents; organizations such as The Mother PAC, Out Portland Our Schools, Save Our Schools, The Open Book Project, and so on. After reflecting on these given articles and links, I thought, “Wow. This is really great! Seeing all of these organizations is empowering and makes me feel like there are an awful lot of people working toward a better education system in a healthy and a non-radical way through their local governments all grassroot style. I like that!” But then I couldn’t help but think, “So, yeah, they’re peaceful and progressive and that’s awesome but… makes me wonder if there should be more radical groups as well; groups geared toward striking and refusal to participate in order to address problems more directly.” I started thinking that a radical direction may not be a bad idea in some aspects. Imagine the current issue of standardized testing. Imagine if some schools didn’t take it at all or collectively “bombed” the test in order to send a big fat “0” to the feds. How would they react? It would be like a boycott.
After Some Thought, I Reach More Speculation
I looked at some of these organizations, some of which have been established since 1999 and not a lot has changed in the education system since then in terms of what the organizations were established for. The government doesn’t have to worry about these organizations because they are being fair and diplomatic; but is the government being fair? I don’t think so.
Why do we go to school? So we can achieve our goals and contribute to society with a given interest, talent, and skill that is formed through the use of several basic skills like math, science, literature, history, and so on. Why must we put so much worth into the degree system though when there are so many problems with it? Because it works. Does it work well? Compared to what?
I would love to see all of the goals met by these organizations and I would love to see the education system change in a very dramatic and profound way. I just don’t see that happening without a little radical push. I have always believed that everyone should do what makes them happy as long as they are not hurting anyone. I happen to love writing, literature, music and visual art. I also am finding that I have a natural interest in building things and electronics (I’m rebuilding a 1964 Acoustic Research TX model turntable and I’m way more excited about it that most would be). Growing up, I would have loved to have been noticed more and guided with my natural ability to write well, make up stories, and draw. I would have loved to go to a school that focussed on those studies so that I could develop them and thrive. Instead, I was forced to keep grades above a C in subjects that I had zero interest in. I feigned interest and lied to myself in order to get through them. On top of that, I observed a system built on structured curriculum that didn’t seem to give teachers a lot of flexibility in their lessons compared to the university system where the professors seem to have “free reign” in comparison and it works quite well; in my opinion, far better!
Observations at Parkrose High School
While working at Parkrose High School as a tutor after school and as an in-class tutor for students learning English as a second language, I notice often that students are having very much difficulty thoroughly digesting their lessons because of the class time being so short. Many of them wish that the classes were longer having an “A” and a “B” day schedule like they apparently had the previous year where they had 3 classes per day rather than seven that would rotate much like having a Monday and Wednesdayschedule as opposed to a Tuesday and Thursday schedule in college.
I also see quite a number of “minorities” and because of that, the school has embraced a very diverse approach to teaching (at least in the classes that I have observed which are few). Working with these students has begun to hone my interest in teaching and it has given me a much better experience based understanding of what it means to be a teacher. I am happy to be a part of this Capstone. I have learned so much in so little time and I feel like changing the government is as easy as persistence comes and maintains. I feel my power now as an individual and it feels good.
I want to know your (my readers) opinions on radical movements to change education. I do not feel the government is being fair and that it is in fact being quite negligent to our precious students who should be one of our greatest priorities. I do not think being fair to something that is unfair is a very progressive response for dramatic change in these dire situations that need immediate attention, I feel.