History of Education
I feel as though minorities have made significant improvements in education
over the years, there is still a lot of work to be done. Schools may be
integrated, but, in my eyes, education has yet to be labeled as equal. I think about
the schools in urban settings and the differences they have in terms of access
to educational tools. I went to a suburban school with tons of electronic
resources, well-trained teachers, and a varied curriculum. I feel like my
access to these resources is what furthered my education along significantly.
What about those schools that do not have computers for almost every child, or
a library full of books?
It is hard for me to imagine how far we
have come in educational history because I have lived in such a secluded life.
These articles really brought to life the struggles that minorities have had in
education, and the issues that we face today.
The Achievement Gap
disparity in the test scores between minorities and whites is beyond alarming.
I understand how hard it is for educational reform to occur, but something
needs to happen…fast! A statistic that made me particularly uneasy is the
differences in SAT scores. Colleges take these scores into account when
deciding who to accept and who to reject. The importance of raising these
scores can decide the future of many minority students.
also discussed how critical reading is. I cannot emphasize enough that a
students’ ability to read in the younger years is telling of their future
educational accomplishments. Without early basic skills students may fall
behind as the years progress. Frustration and a low sense of self-worth seem
almost inevitable for students of low achievement.
In regards to mathematic skills, I
vividly remember a game I played in an elementary class. The challenge was to
name a job that did NOT use mathematic or numbers in any way, shape or form. It
is an impossible feat, as every job requires some level of math. This challenge
demonstrates how important math skills are in children’s’ future.
article that we read earlier this year also touches on the achievement gap and
where it stems from. David C. Berliner maintains that standardized tests are
not the way we should be monitoring students’ achievement. Rather, educational
reform needs to address the issues at hand before looking at standardized
tests. What is the main issue in Berliner’s mind? The 600-pound gorilla
representing poverty that lies in many classrooms today. He feels that
addressing the issue of poverty is crucial to ensuring students’ success.
Teachers and Minority students
for teaching in a culturally diverse environment requires an extra effort on
the teacher’s behalf. White-Clark discusses the need for teacher training and
the ways in which they should go about it. I propose that this sort of training
begin to take place while teachers are still in school.
past semester, while studying abroad in Spain, I took a class called “managing
cultural differences in a business setting”. This class really opened my eyes
to the different customs that other countries utilize in the business world.
For instance, Spanish business people are much for informal and friendly than
those from the United States. If I can take a class on being aware of cultural
differences in the business setting, why can’t future teachers take a class
about cultural awareness in the educational setting? This sort of education
will teach them about the variety of students they will encounter and how they
can best teach them.