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
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
We all know that testing makes up a big part of how a public school are funded and at times the testing difficulty can impact the average scores of each school. When the testing standard is different in each state, … Continue reading
Over three years ago, I compiled a list of easy ways for us all to get more involved in being advocates and agents of change in a movement toward more equity. While my particular focus is on educational equity, these … Continue reading
Our group has five members—and two of us are student-parents. We understand all too well how the community does and does not support families. One of the most precious resources to any busy student is TIME, and that resource … Continue reading
On August 1st and 2nd the three amigos: Susan, Terra, and Jaclyn trekked off to Portland State University with a mission to spread their knowledge about the Outside In program. We arrived on campus about 11am and stayed until 3pm … Continue reading
Hello there, my name is Elena Knepprath, PSU class of 2011. I remember my time spent at PSU to be absolutely thrilling. Spending countless nights reading and getting worked up about inequality and the many social ills that plague our … Continue reading
Hello Capstone Students! I’m Jeana, PSU Class of 2012. I graduated with a BA in Applied Linguistics after taking Zapoura’sEnhancing Youth Literacy capstone. Almost two years later, I have to tell you that I refer to my capstone volunteer experience and … Continue reading
How can social movements move our society towards educational equity?
How can we as students, use what we have learned to impact the racial/social/economic injustices that hinder our schools and prevent them from moving past mediocrity?
Public policy, classroom discussion, and even grassroots movements can sometimes fall short on action. Everyone knows that something needs to change. Some of us can even agree as to what needs to change, but this week we discuss what that looks like in action, beyond our classroom.
With discussions on how to narrow the achievement/opportunity gap in our minds, there are some challenges our public schools are facing. Here are some things that most movements/individuals can agree are necessary to school success and vitality.
1. Access to quality teachers.
2. Access to safe and equitable resources
3. Equitable and sufficient funding for ALL schools
4. Reform that creates early intervention and encourages active, hands on learning.
5. Ensure equal opportunity to high school graduation and college participation to all students regardless of their background.
How can we use what we have learned to support these principles?
Help fund our schools by voting!
Voting and passing legislation that supports school funding is vital.
Tell people why voting is vital for better schools. A friend of mine recently complained that her sons school was really lacking in hands on learning and her son was struggling to stay focused. She doesn’t vote and doesn’t know where our money for schools comes from (I didn’t either!).
Discussion outside of class and our school peers will be important to education movement.
Talk! Talk! Talk!
With your neighbors, your local politicians, your educators, community members, the list goes on! Open a discussion to get people thinking about their values and the future of their community.
Don’t know where to start? Here are some links to give you encouragement!
Actively participate in your community. It helps. It is seen by others. The results can be life changing for some.
Finally, look inward. Are there bias’s, privileges, or other values you hold that could be excluding some the right to equitable education? It’s hard to look at our beliefs in this way, but who knows how valuable it could be!
I think the key is to keep moving forward. Keep asking questions. Keep expanding your ideas and your tools.
What will you do to move to a more equitable education system?
Note: As part of the Enhancing Youth Literacy course, students are asked to find an “independent act of civic engagement” — to leap into the community and to share their presence, their observation, and/or their voice. Amanda used her volunteer … Continue reading