Public school students living in poverty…

In this article, I enjoyed the teacher's’ statements because they showed how caring, supportive, and understanding they truly are towards the kindergartner’s’ situations at home. Sonya Romero-Smith, a veteran teacher at Lew Wallace Elementary School in Albuquerque, asks her students slightly personal but important questions everyday as soon as they step into the classroom to ensure that they’re doing okay. In her classroom, she has 18 kindergartners and 14 of them are eligible for free lunch so that shows that their home lives aren’t the best. Sonya keeps personal-care items in a drawer in her classroom just in case some of her students need a clean up. She stated that her job as a teacher has expanded into “counselor, therapist, doctor, parent, and attorney.” I find this statement to be extremely eye-catching and believable because I’ve seen it many times. The majority of students in public schools in the U.S. need extra attention and care because they don’t have the essentials at home to allow them to feel safe and be comfortable, it’s even worse when some don’t even have a place to call home. A study shows that 70 percent of students in Mississippi were from low-income families and in Illinois, 1 out of every 2 students were from low-income families. Darren Walker’s statement also stood out to me. He mentioned, “We need to fix the escalator, we fix it by recommitting ourselves to the idea of public education. We have the capacity. The question is, do we have the will?” He used “escalator” as a metaphor basically for moving on up in your school career and how much mobility you’re given to do so. Without the proper tools, students will not be able to succeed in their school careers to then go on and succeed in their real lives as adults. I agreed with many of the statements made by teachers in this article which made the article even more interesting for me to read especially because the article was relatable to what goes on with children in public schools in my city. I live in Holyoke, Massachusetts and it’s a poor city with many minorities living in terrible conditions and having to raise kids in those crappy situations. I can definitely say that this article had importance to me and also taught me things about other parts of the country that I had no idea about. #HCCENG101

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