I went to the high school of commerce, this school could be considered in my opinion to have the highest poverty rate in Springfield. When I say poverty I don't mean students who are walking around starving, and with damaged clothes. When I say poverty I mean the students who like the article says, were eligible for free lunches. “ The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012–2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches.” Everyone I knew in the high school of commerce was eligible for free lunches myself included. To take it a step further everyone I knew in Commerce was also eligible for Fasfa and other funds to help students with their college funds. I find it interesting to read that we have many people who care deeply about the public school system. For example, Romero-Smith who at 40 years old did the nice dead of adopting two of her students after hear about their tough situation. These are the types of teachers who make schools great. I do believe that a lot has been done to help kids who come from a low income home. Like I mentioned before Fasfa is a benefit that most of my classmates at the high school of commerce received. This privilege helps with the “dropping out of college”, or “not finishing school” issue that the article mentions, “They are less likely to have support at home, are less frequently exposed to enriching activities outside of school, and are more likely to drop out and never attend college.” Students will most likely be motivated to finish school and want to attend college if they know that they will get something to help them get through, and if they do not think of it that way, well then there is nothing that can be done to help those students. Another part of the article that I found interesting is the debate about whether or not money will help improve the public school system. This quote from the article really caught my attention, “ Many Republicans also think that the government ought to give tax dollars to low-income families to use as vouchers for private-school tuition, believing that is a better alternative to public schools.” This just makes me wonder, if we were to give this money to low income families to help them get their kids out of low public schools, why not just use that money to improve the school system? This way no one would have to leave. Overall this was a good read, many things about this article caught my attention. Although I did not agree with all of the points made, I do agree with most of the passage, and Im glad to see that there are people out there who care for the school systems and most importantly all the students who are in it. The school systm will improve in no time if more people with this mindset get together and make a change.
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