BOOKS BE GONE: ARE WE SEEING A EXODIS OF BOOKS FROM SCHOOL

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“From hardcover to touch screens.”


new school learning

When i go to the library I can’t help but to think about all the days my mother took my sisters and I as children. And now that digital has graced our presence or major online stores like Amazon, who needs the library. Any book you want is so cheap someone will sell for some low price somewhere. And now the same applies for schools in America. So how long will it take before we see books removed from schools? Students already use their devices for almost everything they do anyways. Why even use books anymore?

the feel of the pages

For those of us that are avid readers, there is something about flipping your hands though pages. But for a younger group of people, the pages don’t hold the real meaning, it’s the content. And with learning going digital, you can now incorporate video content in your books. Before the teacher used to book on a video in the class on the television. But now, you can buy a book with video built already inside. Now, the cost of these books are high, but as time progress and the cost to make them cheaper emerge, then you will see more in schools.

new degree requirements

As the digital takes hold and books are moved out, does this mean new requirements for educators as well? Because if school becomes a lot more technical, then you might see educators needing more specialized training to keep up with the change in times. Because for the longest the teachers had their books with all the answers inside. Now, with the introduction of the digital learning, the teacher no longer holds all the answers. You can now instantly fact check the teacher’s answers.


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OVERCROWDING: WAYS TO KEEP SCHOOLS FROM GOING OVER THE RECOMMENDED POPULATION

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“Navigating these halls can be impossible.”


school population

Walking the halls of certain high schools, you can’t help but to notice there is a major population issue with some of them. And the issue has been a problem for some time now. But how do schools districts deal with the overcrowding issues at area schools? Should they build another school? Should they go down a list of students who are tardy and start eliminating them that way? Should schools be encouraged to push students into earlier graduations?

cost

The cost associated with overcrowding are not just monetary for a school. The other non-monetary cost are the inability to focus in a classroom. And the other cost is the lack of connection made between student and their educator. These are more long-term effects of a school that follow a student even after they graduate from high school. But the biggest has to be the problem with trying to teach in a class where there are just too many in the classroom. And with disruptions that generally occur, the student would be better off teaching themselves. Because the students that want to learn are not getting anything from the lessons anyways.

alternatives

I gave a few options in how to deal with the issues surrounding overcrowding in schools. But one option that may be overlooked is trying to get students to graduate early. Find the students who are higher performing, and give them incentives into leaving high school early. Aid them in scholarship money for early graduation and that could decrease numbers in schools. You could also observe who is the most disruptive, and remove those students as well that negatively effect a learning environment.


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ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: WHY DO WE EXPECT SO MUCH FROM OUR EDUCATORS

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“Cut them some slack.”


doing their job

Teachers are expected by the masses to be superheroes. We send our kids to school and think that the teacher should give them all the tools they need to be great. But the teacher is just a small part of your child’s success. The parents play a role in the child doing well in life as well. Yet the teachers take a punishment when the students aren’t performing.

work with them not against them

Playing a role in your child’s success and having good teaching is what creates the successful kid. But that depends in the relationship the parent has with the school and teacher. As a child, my mother played a vital role in us performing because she would call the schools for anything. Didn’t matter what it was, just to keep up with what we were doing. This way the teacher didn’t feel everything was on them.

give them the tools

We want them to educate our children, but we don’t give them the tools to do so. We have schools with old books and outdated equipment. Then the performance is low and we say we need better teachers. Well, how do you make due when you’re at an insane disadvantage. So the grades are a reflection of the lack of backing from not only the parents, but our government. So if you’re not going to be part of the solution, then you’re contributing to the problem.


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LOW PAID EDUCATORS: WHY ARE TEACHERS PAID SO LITTLE

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“Let’s care for them like they care for ours.”


educators

Our educators are the ones who perform the thankless task of teaching our children. Reaching out to our children sometimes when we are unable to do so as a parent. The ones who take the slack during the days when children are not at home. The ones who take the grunt of the frustration when kids come home with work that either is too difficult for the child or too easy that doesn’t challenge the child. And with all they go through, the least we can do is provide them with adequate pay. Teachers are some of the most necessary, yet some of the lowest paid people in America.

breakdown

The chart below shows the following pay scale of the lowest paid people in the education industry. Now, the highest paid people are collegiate instructors in engineering, healthcare educators, and law professors being the highest paid at nearly $190,000 salary. The following chart below shows how much the vast majority of our educators make in a year. Which is relatively small compared to the ability to survive in America.

what is appropriate?

So with has already been said, what is the best income that we should pay our educators? Because law professors make a lot as I stated above. But let’s be honest, how many law professors do we have in America? We a lot more other educators that would run up a massive bill for the government if our teachers commanded six figure incomes. And education is a business as well. What is the means of bringing in an income to the government? Because we have to be practical when looking at pay. What are the benefits economically in paying teachers more? Any thoughts?


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PRIVATE OR PUBLIC: WHICH IS THE BEST EDUCATION?

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“Who will benefit, who will lose?”

In the past couple of days, Betsy DeVos has been named the United States Secretary of Education. Since being appointed, there has already been backlash over the decision of her to taking the reigns over the role.  Democratic and a few Republican Politicians on Capitol Hill feel her lack of knowledge in the field of education does not make her qualified for the job. This is a tough topic for me because I have never heard of Mrs. DeVos. The only thing I know is what everyone has been saying about her. One of the issues educators have was from an article I read in the New York Times. Contributors wrote the sentiment of educators who feel she will, “Allow students to use vouchers via taxpayer’s dollars as a means to attend private schools, religious institutions, homeschooling, and for-profit schools(article at the bottom of the page).” Now, let’s observe how this may be seen as a good idea.

I grew up in a poor to middle class neighborhood in Racine, Wisconsin. Since childhood, receiving a quality education had always been a priority of my mothers’. So she invested in our education at a young age. Setting us up, making sure we went to the best schools possible. If not the best schools, at least in a learning environment where our minds could grow. As for my dad, he is from Chicago, a city where over the recent years, education has been a topic of discussion. When observing DeVos’s plan, kids could use vouchers to go to better schools in safer learning environments, especially due to the rise in crime and school closures. Because if I’m a parent and my child/children test into a good school, why would I be against a voucher program advocated by DeVos?

Here is where the backlash comes into play. The educators are underfunded and feel that more money should be allocated to the schools. Instead of shipping children elsewhere, why not keep them here and provide them with the tools for a kid’s success. This would mean funding for new up-to-books, free or affordable meals for kids who are poor, pay increases so educators are not forced to leave the school where they teach, and adequate facilities for cultivating the young minds today for an America tomorrow. But is there another reason for outrage.

What about the idea that if parents can start choosing where their kids are going via government vouchers, then it’s see you later to teacher’s jobs. Because if I’m a parent in a poor community and I can use vouchers at the taxpayer’s expense to send my kid to a better school, why not? Why, it’s because the educators at these current schools are out of jobs. They want children to stay, not just because they want to teach, but also because of job preservation as well. My father works in the public schools of Chicago, and they have already forced a lot of them to take furlough days. Days in which they will not be compensated for; which will leave already low paid educators, even further destitute.

As for me, I’m an adult with no children, so I don’t now what is the right solution. For me, kids using taxpayer’s dollars to go to better schools sounds good. But I also understand the plight of an educator who would much rather use taxpayer’s dollars as an expense into existing public schools. One helps the student/s outside the public funded schools they will be attending. The other solution will assist the student/s as well as the teacher’s who don’t fall under the equation of privatized education, charter schools, homeschooled, or for-profit institutions. In the end, we’ll have to sit back and observe what will come of this. Because this is yet another decision, that will add to an already divisive country, brought into the loop by President Donald J. Trump that has the public rallying against him since his presidential victory back in November of 2016.