Arkansas’ Howard Zinn Witch-Hunt Fizzles

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(by Ashley Hamann)

Does common core close or widen the opportunity gap? Opportunity gaps refer to the way in which factors like race, socioeconomic status, community wealth, and other factors contribute to lower educational aspirations, achievement and attainment for a certain group of … Continue reading

Closing the Opportunity Gap, one Family at a Time (by Jessica Urbina)

The opportunity gap is something that many nations and states are struggling with when it comes to the education of their communities. In many places there are areas where some students have a better chance or “opportunity” to a better … Continue reading

Opportunity Gaps, School Zoning, and Restorative Justice (by Giselle Reynoso)

In the article, one main key point that stood out to me was that of schools managing their money wisely and how to disperse them. “Understand and manage classroom costs”. Disaggerating the costs from teacher to students to classrooms will help the school thrive. it brings the attention to how much classrooms are affected by increasing class sizes.

I didn’t agree too much with replacing the librarians with professionals, yes it would cut the cost the schools are spending. librarians are extremely helpful and although they might not be “professionals” They helps students in many different ways.

As for schools that are experiencing over crowding (and I can say this from experience because my high school was small and over crowded with students) reconfiguring old schools would have been extremely helpful. there was an old school that had shut down that our town could have fixed up a little and used it as an alternative for students to not be over booked.

I believe the answer is to treat each school district equally. Gentrifying places ruins homes it ruins families. Families no longer are able to afford living where their past generations have lived and are forced to move out in order to maintain living because they can no longer afford the cost of living. I think it isn’t our place to vote for other places we don’t live in because were really done know the conditions and the environment. the only people that really know who/what/why to vote for are those that live in the actual area.

How the Common Core and National Standards Further the “Achievement Gap” (by Char Ashley)

Defining “Achievement Gap” and Other Educational Disparities Achievement Gap refers to the different disparities among academic performance between groups of students. International Achievement Gap refers to the different disparities among academic performance between groups of students in other industrial nations. … Continue reading

Restorative Justice in a Nutshell (by Randee-Jo Barcinas-Manglona )

What is justice? It sounds pretty self-explanatory, right? Justice is about being fair and reasonable. We all know that. When someone commits a crime, justice gets served to them in court. We put people in jail as punishment for violating … Continue reading

Positives of Federal Testing (by Giselle Reynoso)

When it comes to the No Child Left Behind act I am completely for it. I think it is great that the schools. I agree with most of  “the federal government required states to test, disaggregate and report data on student performance, but allowed states to continue deciding on their own which standards and tests to use.” what I don’t agree with was that school denied whether or not to use easier tests on their students just to make their schools test scores look better. This in no was shape or form is helping our students, if anything it is setting us all up to fail. 
 
I’m not saying the students should all have to take extremely hard tests, but I do believe in setting our standards high, as it says in the text. The tests our school in Central Oregon I don’t believe were too difficult but I do remember a lot of the students complaining when the time came to take those tests. If I remember correctly they were called hawks tests. I could be wrong, i don’t remember. 
 
I also loved the quote :“to raise their standards so students graduate ready for college or career and can succeed in a dynamic global economy.” I feel like this goes along with what I was saying earlier. The students in high school I feel need to be given those tests that will show them and prepare them for college and what they will be going through in college, what kind of tests will be given to them, to be ready to face the real world. The tests my school administered I feel could have been more challenging (except the science one that was given that one I remember I hated). I don’t remember being thought anything I would be going through in college I just remembered our teachers saying “this won’t fly in college, your college professors will be so much more strict.” Which didn’t necessarily end up being true. 

Common Core: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Cons? (by Marina Bubnova)

Since being unleashed on the field of education in 2010, common core has been both praised and denounced from all sides. While standards are important for school to have for their students, some thought that common core was an overreach … Continue reading

Standardizing = Equal Standards? (by Jasmine Bahramian)

The way education and testing standards should be approached is not an easy matter. There is not only plenty of variety across various states and locations, but each individual child is unique in their path towards academic success. However, there … Continue reading