Every week in our English class, a student brings in an article from any reliable news source that relates to something we are doing in class or a prevalent issue in society at that point in time. This week I chose an article about the recent destruction of Alabama and compared it to Hurricane Katrina of New Orleans. Instead of focusing on the negatives, i tried to focus on how Alabama can successfully move forward.
Here is the article this is based off of.
Here is my response.
The issues of private vs public (and charters) is very prevalent in today’s failing school systems all across America. In New Orleans, more then sixty percent of the kids attending schools go to charter schools which is considered a very innovative way of schooling in the United States. Having kids go to public schools from which zones they live in is essentially a good idea. You ideally are going to a school that is not very far away from you, get to stick with your friends and community, and in turn are able to give back to the community as young people. Unfortunately this system just does not work for a few reasons. Aside from all of the controversy of if schools actually work/are schools up to our standards, the public schooling system can more often then not be a vicious cycle of failure. In underserved communities, there tends to be a lack of motivated teachers or resources available to give a quality education for those who want it. Weather it be from the discrepancies of tenure, to underfunding from the government due to bad test scores, these schools simply cannot provide great educations. This leaves students with two choices. They can either stay in the public school and try to succeed, or they could go to a private school. Yet getting into a private school is very difficult in some places for many reasons including the financial side. To get into these schools, often students will have to realize that they want a private school education and this can be very difficult at a young age. In middle school, it’s easy to slack off, yet not many students care that the high school they will be going to is failing and in turn could fail them. Applying to alternative high schools after getting good grades in middle school can often seem like the only way out. Although there are still problems, New Orleans’ system is in fact doing a better job then most of America. Charter schools are publicly funded private schools (that accept private donations) and so they are free to attend. Praised for producing higher test results and a more rigorous program, these can be appealing alternatives especially to the residents of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, the already suffering city was set back even further and left families having to rebuild their lives in most cases. Having these free and enhanced learning environments available to them is certainly something to be noted. Yet when these schools have more applicants then spots, they turn to a lottery for the selection. This random chance is certainly not fair, but leaves a bigger question in it’s trail. Why can’t public schools raise their standards and provide better education for the youth? If more public schools could enhance their teacher evaluating systems, while providing those teachers and students with the nescesary resources, the public school system could be re-vamped. Their will always be private schools as alternatives to traditional education or specialization in certain subjects, yet I believe that although the charter system is good, raising normal public schools to these standards is nescaesary for education in America as a whole.