Fact or Opinion? I’ll Take Both, Please

Posted: April 11, 2014 in Education Information
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After having some conversations and looking at some websites, I’ve made a few conclusions, as well as have some opinions from other people. In class we talked about our topics. One student was looking at how the human mind responds to music and how we could use that to influence our lives for the better. Did you know that in the Cold War, both sides (U.S. and Soviets) had figured out a specific frequency that could brainwash and control someone’s mind? Like hypnotising somebody’s body to a sound. IT’S CRAZY.

Now, when I brought up my topic, a lot of people agreed that our school system in America was really bad. Most everybody I talked to said that the way school is, they’re not really learning anything and that it felt like being “manufactured” so to speak. I eventually spoke up about how Finland runs school, and they all loved that. There’s not as much homework, and school is available to everybody. I’m not talking about racist separation, or sexist separation… I mean economic separation.

 

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In an article by Lee Price of the EPI Research group, it’s stated that more of the white population, even with a criminal record, will have a better time getting a job than completely clean black people. This directly relates to how much money people make, and thus the kind of living and education a child receives. This kind of economic restriction that exists is pathetic, and it just doesn’t happen in Finland. Something that I found interesting is that there are no private schools in Finland.

User Tstev of TheAtlantic.com pointed out that by having public and private schools, some of the better, more efficient, and most of all more effective teachers work at private schools, even if just a few years. This leaves the public schools to maybe not have as good of teachers. Public schools also receive more spread out funding meaning old textbooks and equipment, class sizes are enormous, and it just doesn’t work. I understand there is a sort of bragging rights and exclusivity feel to working at a private school, and this is enough to make some teachers be willing to work with a lower salary. I always thought private school teachers made more, but as a fellow student Louis pointed out, and as The Atlantic confirmed, private teachers make less money than public schools’ teachers.

This is very relevant  to the book I’m reading, because Junior is a poor Native American teen. He normally goes to school on the reservation (The Rez, as they call it) but eventually moves to a school filled predominantly with white students. This happens after Junior gets in trouble with administration for breaking a teacher’s nose. “I wasn’t aiming for anything really. Well, I was planning on hitting something, you know? …… Something dead, you know, not alive” (pg 34). He decides to transfer to Reardan to give himself and his family some hope. Reardan is a public school, but it’s the same idea. Reardan is expensive, it’s 98% white people, everyone is smart and/or athletic. It’s very, very, high up on the food chain, and the school in The Rez is very, very low.

This is the kind of thing I want to eradicate. There should be one school per town, and it would be equal in all respects. Equal admission. Equal funding. Equality for the students, racial and sexual. I’m a firm believer in many things, and equality is number two in my list. It would by no means be the exact same, that’s the second thing I want to get rid of. But it should be equal. 3/3 and 12/12 are both 1, but they’re still both different things.

I want equal education, but without it being the exact same for everybody.

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