Is this the America We Want to Be? Inequality in Education
What Change?Children of color are not achieving as well as white students in the U.S. schools= big gapin graduation rates, test scores, etcMinority students are beginning to turn to the decision to attend college, but collegesturn them away. They want to succeed, but are not given the opportunity!-->”UpwardMobility”Low-income, minority students are encouraged to attend a community college, but are notknowledgable of the fact that this is more expensive & less beneﬁcial in the long run!-->the students whom were spent less on since kindergarten somehow “belong” in theinstitutions that virtually guarantee we will continue to spend less on them=this iscounterproductive and UN-AMERICAN
Why The Difference?Minority students, speciﬁcally African Americans, are too difﬁcult toteach!These students deal with so many daily problems outside of school,so they have a difﬁculty in being educated!The students whose parents have a lower income it’s because theyare lazy and don’t work as hard as others!Schools are forced to lower Pell Grant & amount of ﬁnancial aidprovided to college students who most need it!
Truth Is....The fault of the low success rate of minorities is not of the dailyissues they face everyday or their low-economic state. IT IS THESCHOOLS RESPONSIBILITY!All of those Statements were FALSE-->The opposite is true!
The Ugly Side of These Institutions No Fair-share! There’s a small limit of useful teachers and resources!There are hardly any “good” teachers provided in classrooms of schools composed of these low-income, minority students. There is a decrease in the ﬁnancial aid provided to students who REALLY NEED it. Students who don’t need it are receiving EXTRA funding!(EOF is experiencing this now!) There is poor preparation for students in this socio-economic group, so they are not given the same chance as the next student--Schools CHOOSE to do this, not forced!
Where Is ThisHappening in The U.S.?Elementary Schools in low-income areas & which are highly populated of minority studentsFlagship Schools: in most cases, these are the 1st public universities to be established in their states. Flagship: term became associated with these schools after WWII formed the core public systems of higher education in their respective states. These schools became centers for research & graduate education, adding to size & scope example: RUTGERS UNIVERISITY
“Uncommon education for the common man”The historic mission of Flagship universitiesStudents who attend these schools represent the states that theyare in less, but imitate the look of the students who attend eliteprivate research universities.In 15 of the 22 states, the top-ranked private institution enrolls ahigher proportion of minority students than the public ﬂagship(Thisreverses when it comes to low-income students- 21% in Flagshipsvs. 15% in private universities.)
A Solution!COMMUNITY COLLEGES!!! Giving minority, low-income students acheaper and more accessible opportunity to receive highereducation was a GREAT idea!
Think About This:A 2009 Education Trust report, “Charting a Necessary Path,” examined success rates in 24public higher education systems: 24% of underrepresented minorities who begin 2-year colleges complete anything within 4 yrs of entry-certiﬁcate, degree, or transfer 12 % who transfer to a 4-yr college, only 55% earn bachelor’s degrees within 6 years of transferring Which Means: only about 7% of minority students who begin a 2-yr colege earn a bachelor’s degree from any institution in these large systems within 10 yrs of startingConclusion: This rate is far lower than among those who begin even in nonselective 4-yrcolleges In 2006 Community College’ average in spending per degree $63,954- $14,073 more spent than compared to a public master’s college & $7,211 more than compared to average spending per degree at a public research collegePart of the reasoning could be from the lower amount of funding they receive, but this isstill an surprise!
We Need Change!! : The Real SolutionsWe have to lessen the gap! Community Colleges should be given more funding & provide good teachers and resources just as well as 4-yr. schools Flagship universities should provide ﬁnancial aid to those who NEED it! There are high-achieving students from ALL backgrounds! (explain) We need more institutional leaders to make a choice of change, along with those who ﬁnance these institutions More ﬁnance=more resources, but we deﬁnitely need BETTER Educators!
“Lean on ME”“But we’re not aiming our students to go to college, we’re aiminghigher than that-we’re aiming them at graduating college” ElmontMemorial Junior-Senior High School principal, Al Harper.“Because a child is poor doesn’t mean he can’t learn. Because achild lives in the projects doesn’t mean he can’t learn. If there aregaps, we as a society must ﬁll those gaps”