The vicious circle of lack of equity in our schools, would you like to pay now or later?


The other day I had lunch with a colleague, and we talked about my favorite topic: equity in education and the consequences of not having equity in our public schools. We differed in our views, I am advocate, he is not (yet). However, by the time we said our “good-byes”, we  were  both certain the time for action is NOW!

Here is how my colleague and I “discover” the vicious circle of lack of equity in education.  We reckoned that when students do not have access to quality education, they get discouraged and stop learning. (Children in general have an acute sense of fairness. They know when they are not playing at the same level than their peers.) What they usually do, when they are disappointed with the school ways, the may drop-out and occasionally they get in trouble with law and end up in jail. While in jail, who pays the bill? We do the tax payers! Would you rather pay NOW for a good and equitable education for ALL or wait to pay for the bill when they are in jail? You be the judge!

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About drcorretjer

Doctorate in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Vast experience working with English language Learners and their families. Has successfully implemented programs that increased parental involvement in schools and professional collaboration among teachers. Has presented at local, state, and national levels on the topics of curriculum and best teaching practices for English Language Learners. Specialized in alternative assessments for English Language Learners to include portfolios. My goal at this time is to mentor,and nurture new teachers or prospective teachers. I'd like to create a bridge between their college education and the realities of a public school classroom. I believe we can attract and retain the best and the brightest if we provide them with a real foundation and help them be successful. Our children deserve that. Publications: Listen to me: Exploring students' voices regarding homework Lambert Academic Publishing |May 11, 2011 Most of the research conducted about homework is based on adults’ perspectives. This case study explored the perspectives of 5th and 6th grade students in comparison with 10 teachers’ perceptions regarding homework completion. The author administered questionnaires and conducted in depth interviews using a stratified purposive sample and extreme case sampling; which educed the participants’ perceptions and practices about homework. The students’ represented 4 distinct groups: English Language Learners, general education, gifted and talented and special education. The teachers’ instruct 5th and 6th grade. The results of the study indicate that students do not complete their homework because they find it too hard, boring, or they do not understand it. Interestingly, students think that worksheets are hard and boring. However, they are not against homework! This book should benefit teachers, parents, school administrators and staff developers. It would also help develop homework practices that would increase homework completion and student learning. This book brings out the voices of the students to the forefront. After all, they are the ones doing the homework. Listen to them!
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