Equity Block, Discussion 4

Team 2: The Futures

Discussion Leader: Dylan

Time Keeper/Summarizer: Nikole

Twitter Monitor: Sonja

Note Taker(s): Michelle & Sarah

Devil’s Advocate Tweeter: Janinn

Summary of last discussion

Discussion starter:

Were there any points from the reading that you felt strongly about? Why?

Discussion Questions:

1. “Proponents of family choice in education argue that public schools, especially those that serve poor children, no longer enable their students to learn and excel academically to a level that will prepare them for college and the labor force” (p. 61). Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

2. “Research on the largest voucher programs…have demonstrated that attending a private school does not in and of itself guarantee higher academic achievement” (p. 62). With that being said, would you say that many parents enroll their children in private schools in order to segregate them? Or perhaps in order to have them socialize with other children of their socioeconomic status? What is your opinion?

3. According to the reading, charter schools actually receive less money per student than traditional public schools and studies have demonstrated that there is no evidence suggestion that students who attend charter schools are more successful than students who do not. Since additional funding and increased likeliness for success are clearly not advantages of charter schools, what do you think potential benefits are, if any? Why do you think charter schools are so appealing to some parents?

Discussion Ender:

“When Americans began to use public funds to pay for schooling, they called those schools ‘common’ because they served the common good. It is time to return to that concept” (p. 64).

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