Sunday, November 29, 2015

Empowering Education by Ira Shor

In the article, Empowering Education, I feel there was one item that keeps came up Money. But we have the right to a free Education. Well, the free education come by the price of how much the town how to put into the education system.
This article I compared to my service learning project and the school that my children go to. In my service learning project the school ran out of money to have art and music be part of the children's education. These two area are not something that school has to have, it is extra. The town also doesn't has a lot of programs for students to do after school every day. There is one sport program, which is through a grant the school and a  21century grant through the federal government. This program makes it so children can bring dinner home. Many of the children depend on getting there meals through the schools food programs. Many towns start cutting them school budget before looking at anything else.

The school has a PTA group and do have parent volunteers but they are not able to create the amount of founds from a small town to start and most of the people are living in poverty. When the school does a fundraiser they do it in other towns to help get founds for their children's school. The PTA did a fundraiser in Barns and Noble in Smithfield. This brings in more money then doing a fundraiser in their own town.

At my children's school the PTA does a lot events right at the school and sends home a lot of flyers to buy items for their school. They also have double the amount of parent that are full time with the PTA. The schools PTA has a lot more people keeping up on the webpage for the PTA from Facebook page and the webpage to help advertise events to people in the community. The PTA just purchased a new science program and a new math program last year.  The school was not able to buy a lot of the new programs so the different PTA groups work on different project from educational fieldtrips, to new playground to new educational programs. Educational program should not so much money for schools to buy. The programs should be created by the government to pay for them. Programs shouldn't not be made for only schools with money to buy.

One other topic was to make sure children asking about their own education and question what they are doing in school. Educate the children to have a voice, it is their educate and they should get the best one they can. It should not be baste off of how much money a the towns people have to give.

People need to invest into the children that one day will run this country.


  1. Hi Ashly, I really liked your post this week. It made me think more into depth about the article.

  2. I really enjoyed your blog post. Great connections!