They live in a neighborhood full of crime therefore their main focus is survival instead of learning. Minority kids between 5th and 7th grade go from being B students to D students. As they get older their grades drop so they feel like they are not going anywhere. Sixty eight percent of inmates in Pennsylvania are high school dropouts. The average inmates sentence of 4 years cost $132,000.
Revision of NCLB Felicia Laster EDU623: Introduction to Teaching & Learning (MRA1231B) Instructor: Deborah Naughton August 6, 2012 The NCLB legislation was important in that it was an early bi-partisan success with Congressmen, with Senators from both political parties contributing to its authorship. The NCLB also created new programs that are still in place today, like the Reading First Initiative, which has changed the way many low-income school districts teach and assess students in grades K-3. The main provisions of this legislation stipulate that schools will be classified as successful by 2014. Critics of NCLB take issue with the 13-year time frame. Research by the National Reading Panel conducted in 2008 indicated
In fact, according to a study at the University of Missouri, they found that many students forgot over two and one-half months of whatever their grade-level equivalency is in mathematics. (Wilkenfield) Plus after the summer vacation, many teachers end up spending from four to six weeks of the next school year trying to review what had happened in the previous years, says David Payne, a former principal. Summer vacation is one of the only major times that parents are able to travel or take vacations, however, year-round schooling which allows small breaks throughout the seasons. Also, travel rates during the summer are usually higher than other times of the year. When students return to school after a summer break, there is often a long time period of adjustment.
But government statistics suggest that a substantial number struggle emotionally. Among Asian American high school students, 29 percent have reported feeling “sad or hopeless” for at least two weeks in a row during the past year, enough to interfere with their daily lives, according to a recent national youth survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That figure is slightly higher than that of teens from all racial groups, 28 percent. With suicidal thoughts, the gap widens. When the CDC asked Asian American students if they had seriously considered suicide during the past year, 19 percent answered yes, compared to 16 percent of all high school students.
This experiment took 22 orphaned children some with stutter problems and some without. This study was made with a thesis that states “If stuttering is learned behavior, it can be unlearned.” (Gretchen Reynolds, 2003, mytimes.com). By using this thesis to build an experiment, the children were broken into groups and some were told that there stutter was not as bad as they thought while the remaining children were told that their stutter (which was not existent) was a lot worse than the scientists had expected. Within a months’ time. the children who were told that their stutter was worse became inconsistent with their speech.
This does not mean that parents have no rights to what happens to their child while they are at school but this allows school to guide student behaviors though discipline. This idea is called in loco parentis (pg. 378). This concept was once more important in schools than it is now but it has brought forth it idea that no matter the student, disabled or not, there needs to be a certain level of responsibility put on all students for their behaviors when they are at school. This would be a great chapter of the book for parents to read because it would help them to understand why the school is doing what it is doing.
Creating a Title I program and forming head-start preschools for children in underprivileged school systems was the goal of the ESEA. Through subsequent reauthorizations the ESEA has continued to assist schools throughout the United States. In 2001, the NCLB was an add- on to the ESEA and its purpose was to enforce the states standards in performance of students and the quality of teachers used to teach those students. Overall, the NCLB act should be a push in the right direction for our state’s schools, but the funding originally budgeted for this program along with the standardized tests being used to gauge the states progress are both poorly designed. Tests have always been a way to measure ones performance, but may not show the entire picture.
In the United States a high school graduate earns 43% more than someone without a diploma, a college graduate earns 150% or one and half times more. Earning potential is low for dropouts, but the prospect of employment is not guaranteed, the unemployment rate for dropouts is 63% higher than it is for graduates according to the Bureau of Labor statistics (Statistics, 2007). Educators are aware that dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, earn lower wages, engage in criminal activity, have a higher need for public assistance, be single parents and have children at a younger age. An estimated 75% of state prison inmates and 59% of federal inmates are dropouts, and raising the graduation rate by one percent the U.S. would save $1.4 billion annually in cost related to crime and criminal activity, according to U.S Department of Justice (Justice, 2002). Raising the graduation rate is an objective that educators, legislators, parents, students, employers and all community members must be vigilant in
Mandated School Uniforms In recent discussions regarding changing dress code policies which would include school uniforms, a controversial issue has been whether students would actually benefit by wearing a school uniform. My experience as a mother has caused me to strongly support public schools enforcing students to wear school uniforms. The time, energy, and money spent on school clothes are astonishing. I believe uniforms are necessary for the effective education of the next age group of students. There are numerous facts and findings on how school uniforms positively and completely enrich students’ school experience.
Dropping out is a lot more common than people think it is. Five out of every one hundred students enrolled in high school of October 1999 had dropped out by October of 2000 (National Educational Association). Dropping out is a big dilemma all across the world. On the United States’ drop out problem, in Allen County, Indiana eight to ten percent of their students dropped out in the school year of 2004-2005. Then, in 2006, 23.5% of their students did not graduate (Success in Education).