Charter School & School Choice. EDN 200 November 13, 2006. Today’s Plan. Article Reflection School Choice Charter Schools Final Reflection Paper. What Types of Schools Are Out There?*. Neighborhood Public School: Local School Assigned by School District Charter Schools:
November 13, 2006
*US. DOE, 2006
*US. DOE, 2006
*Alliance for School Choice, 2006
*US DOE, 2004
US Charter Schools, 2006
US DOE, 2000
This was your first course at the Watson School of Education and one of the only classes you will have in which you discuss the history, philosophy and current events shaping public education in the United States. This assignment challenges you to delve into your evolving thinking on educational conditions, issues, and events and make some statements of belief. Your paper should be thoughtful, interesting, and well-written.
Spend some time thinking about your current views on education. Reflect on the in-class discussions we have had and the out of class readings you have completed. Think back on the topics and people we discussed and the research presentations we heard (Dewey, Jefferson, Mann, diversity, equity, school funding, condition of children, school structure, teacher evaluation, school quality, testing, Kozol, charter schools, school choice, year-round schooling, home schooling, etc.). You may also want to reflect on the social identity paper you wrote and the three questions you developed at the beginning of the semester. As you are reflecting on all of the material covered throughout the course, identify areas where your thinking has changed. Next, follow the steps below:
Generate 3-6 statements that begin with “I believe…” These statements should each deal with public education in America and they should all address issues on which your thinking has changed this semester.
Explain your reasons for your belief statement.
Indicate to what extent your belief has changed from the beginning of the semester and why your thinking has changed.
I believe that exemplary teachers who choose to work in high poverty, low performing schools should be paid more than teachers with similar credentials in high performing low poverty schools. As we discussed in class, there is a great deal of evidence that high poverty schools struggle to attract and keep veteran teachers. These schools tend to have a much higher percentage of new teachers and teachers who are teaching outside of their field than more affluent school systems. I think this is highly unfair and harmful because the students in low poverty schools are most at risk of dropping out and they have a tremendous need for quality veteran teachers. We’ve talked all semester about the importance of high quality teachers and I think additional funds will encourage quality educators to take jobs where they are most needed.
My thinking has changed a great deal on this topic from the beginning of the semester. Initially, I thought that it was not fair to pay one teacher more than another based on where they worked. Teaching is a hard job and I thought years of experience should be the only factor that affected pay. Now, having discussed and reflected on the conditions and quality of teaching in our poorest schools, I feel we need to do everything we can to get our best teachers in those classrooms. I think my new understanding about high poverty schools is the main reason why my thinking has changed.
November 29, 2006