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

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

The Good and the Bad of Testing Standards (by Jessica Urbina)

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

Supporting Families Within the PSU Community by Encouraging High-Quality Family Time—In Cooperation with PSU’s Resource Center for Students with Children (by Vee Mangual, Josh Mannion, Aleina Langford, Angela Haluska, and Roya Afghan Haji Abbasi

  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

Reading Into Childhood Empowerment: (A Social Equity PIC Project By Ally, Laura, Savannah, and Gabrielle)

Social inequity impacts students and their ability to learn in a variety of ways. Obstacles outside of their control often provide roadblocks to their learning, such as poverty, hunger, or even lack of access to books. Our social justice project … Continue reading