Over the course of six weeks this class has examined our education system. In this examination, we have considered the possible relationship between education and variables such as racial barriers and socio-economic status. One variable that is often overlooked is maintaining structure and consistency for children. All children, regardless of race or gender, thrive on structure. In my ideal world, a child can reach their maximum potential when this structure fills in all aspects of their life particularly at home and at school.
Unfortunately, especially for children in the Portland Public School System, this isn’t necessarily the case. Currently the Portland’s School Board is playing with the idea of closing Chief Joseph and merging with Ockley Green next year. In the upcoming school year the students of both Chief Joseph and Okckley Green face multiple disruptions. There is the potential of larger classroom sizes which could decrease the amount of time each teacher spent with any one student. This could create tension and pressure for both students and teachers. If this merger were to happen, some students will have to travel further which could be an obstacle for those students who take the bus.
I have included a few article links on this topic.
Articles on the debate (pre-final decision):
Post final decision:
- Why is Chief Joseph really closing? (Barrier issues? Racial issues) (UPDATE: recent announcement on keeping Chief Joseph open while still merging with a dual campus)
- Are there any benefits to this merger?
- Are there ways to avoid the merger all together?