(Fall 2013) Week 3: Dropout Nation

Greetings, My AP Babies!

This week’s blog deals with our examination of the intersection of poverty and education.  We began by viewing PBS Frontline’s “Middle School Moment” and exploring the controversy surrounding Ruby Payne’s “A Framework for Understanding Poverty.”  One of Payne’s most ardent opponents is Paul Gorski, founder of Ed Change.  Read Gorski’s an abridged version of “Savage Unrealities: Uncovering Classism in Ruby Payne’s Framework.”  You’ll need it in Part II of this week’s assessment…

Part I: View the full episode of PBS Frontline’s “Dropout Nation.”

FRONTLINE visits a once notorious “dropout factory” for an intimate look at four of the faces behind a national crisis in education.

In the film, viewers are introduced to Sparkle, a teenage mother whose schooling takes a back seat to finding food to eat and a place to sleep. There is Marco, who struggles to balance homework with a 40-hour-per-week job at a grocery store. Another student, Marcus, lives within a short walk to school, but on most days is nowhere to be found. Lawrence, meanwhile, is five years into high school, yet remains far from earning his degree. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/education/dropout-nation/by-the-numbers-dropping-out-of-high-school/)

                                                                             Watch Dropout Nation on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

  1. Select your favorite character from the video and tell us what touches you most or resonates with you most about their story.
  2. How does your favorite character’s story resemble or differ from your own personal education story?
Part II:  Research and Assess
  1. Using Gorski’s “Savage Unrealities: Uncovering Classism in Ruby Payne’s Framework” as your starting point, discuss the effects of poverty/race/class/gender on the American educational system.  Be sure to cite evidence from Gorski’s text in your response.
  2. In your opinion, what are some of the underlying causes for the nation’s high dropout rate?
  3. If you could design a program/school to help resolve this issue, what resources/classes/supports would you use? Why? (Use the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate website for assistance.)
  4. Provide your classmates with at least 3 resources on American education and dropout prevention.

Part III:  Reflect

  1. What “lessons” have you learned about yourself and about education in America by completing this week’s assignment?


That’s all for this week, but I’m sure it’s enough.  Because completing this week’s task involves a great deal of time and effort, your original post will be due on Sunday, September 1st at 10:00pm.  You will not be required to respond to classmates’ posts this time, which means that I firmly expect your level of thought and research to reflect this relaxation of the rules.

As always, I am here should you need me.

Happy Blogging!


Mrs. S 🙂

154 thoughts on “(Fall 2013) Week 3: Dropout Nation

  1. Part 2 con. (3) The program that I will like to create will be called “Young Minds Education and Scholarship Fund”. This program will include tutoring 6 days a week, will provide a after school program from 3 to 9 p.m., and sports programs from ages 5 to 18. I would like to create a facility where children will stay out of trouble and can expand there mind to become successful. Tutoring will contain all classes from math to economics. I will keep the program open until 9 p.m. This will assure students and parents of safety. Scholarships will be given out to all students with a GPA of a 3.0 or better. Fundraising will be used to get the money for scholarships and extra payment for books and healthcare.


    Part 3. I have learned a great deal of information while working on this assignment. I have learned that I am lucky to be doing the right thing and keeping track of my success. I have learned that I can make a change my making a statement. Dropping out of school is wrong but, most people have other circumstances like Marco from the video. But, still education is important.

  2. 1. While watching the video, I saw many different struggles that I am familiar with, whether I experience them or watch somebody else go through it, but I think I relate mostly to Marcus because I understand how he felt school and life are two different subjects. The things outside of school seem more important, and sometimes you get caught up in the distractions.
    2. Even though I understood Marcus pain, I also understand that if I keep a good heart and use the education I receive to better myself, change the negatives to positives, so I can get the things I need and want.
    Part II: Research and Assess
    1. In every school, every student is different. Each child comes from a different background. The way a person depends on how they were brought, what they experience when they were raised. Ethnicity, gender & economic level. Poverty plays a major key in kids education, like in the article, “ The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…who come from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given an opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged families”.
    2. I think there multiple reasons to dropping because people have different situations. Mostly I think adolescent feel that school is benefiting them right at that moment. Another reason is that they feel that there is more important thing that could be getting done. One more main reason is the distractions kids get caught up in.
    3. If I could come up with a program to resolve this problem, I would have an after school sessions where students who needed help could come and meet others with similar issues and could learn how to help each other or get help from an adult. I would have a class where students can know how they tie academics in with life, so that there not just reading bunch information and not know how it relates to everyday life (critical thinking skills). They would have the opportunity to gain book knowledge while also gaining street knowledge.

    Part III: Reflect
    1. By completing this assignment, I have learned that there are many of others going through the same thing my peers and I are surrounded by every day, but that doesn’t matter, it’s what we do with the thing we experience.

  3. Part: 1
    1.My favorite character from “Dropout Nation” is Marco. His dad was deported and when that happened, he chances of graduated was gradually starting to downfall. He had to work late nights and wasn’t even coming to school most of the days. When his mom almost got deported touched me the most because he wasn’t gone have anyone to suport him , but when she came back, things started to change for Marco and he was on track to graduate. When he graduated touched me too because he was very far behind and he kept pushing until he made it. That showed that Marco just needed a lil motivation and it paid off in the long run.
    2.Marco differs from me because I wouldn’t let a job or anything prevent me from my education. I know he worked late nights but I would still manage to wake up and try to go to school because a life is nothing without good education but I am glad he managed to come back and come out on top with graduating.

    Part: 2
    1.In the American educational system , there are many effects on things such as race,gender,class, and poverty. This line from “ Savage Unrealities: Uncovering classism in Ruby Payne’s Framework “ states that “The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…who come
    from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given an
    opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged
    families. The obvious cause of this inequality lies in the finding that the most
    disadvantaged children attend schools that do not have basic facilities and
    conditions conducive to providing them with a quality education” shows that poverty has a major effect on the educational system. Most of the time people with poor backgrounds live in poor neighborhoods which causes them to go to low class schools, but on the other hand, it is vice versa for the richer people. They get a better education because they go to private schools or go to a higher class school.

    2.In my opinion, I think some causes of the dropout rate is teens thinking they cant finish or not having someone there to support them or . Some teens usually usually come of with the most idiotic reasons to drop out. Some don’t like doing the work or some may not like a teachers they have but also sometimes teens have to drop out because of family struggles and they have to get a job to keep their family goimg. I think if some students really tried , then the dropout rate would go down.

    3.If I had the chance, I would creat ea program that help students that are struggling in school and that have problems at home. They could come there to talk about what they are going through and about school. There would be high class teachers there to assist the students and give them advice about how not to drop out and get back on track.

    4. http://www.womensforum.com/why-teens-drop-out-of-high-school.html

    Part 3:
    I learned that education in america is very important and if I want to succeed in life, I need it. I learned a few things about myself too. After seeing dropout nation, I am thankful that I don’t go through the things that they went through. This assignment made me even more eager to graduate and and after that I’m ready for whatever obstacle comes my way !

  4. Part 1
    1.My favorite character throughout this documentary is Marco. His life circumstances really impressed my thoughts about how I’m living. What touched me the most was that his dad got deported and his mom was on the edge of getting deported too, and with this all going he still had enough energy to go back to school and get his diploma. It takes a person of strong character to stay focus on school while thinking you may never see your dad again in a while and working to support your family.

    2. Marco and i resemble each other because we both are working hard to get our high school diploma and we aren’t taking no for an answer. The difference however is that i have both my parents supporting me along the way and he only has his mother who was on the verge of being deported and his dad is already deported. He has had lots of emotional strains and i have not had as many and he has learned to keep moving forward which makes him a fighter. If were in his situation i would have probably not graduated.

    Part 2
    1. * “A study …shows that high-poverty schools are more likely than low-poverty schools to have many teachers unlicensed in the subjects they teach, limited technology access, ….. insufficient materials, and multiple teacher vacancies. Other studies show that high-poverty schools implement less rigorous curricula…have higher student-to-teacher ratios, and receive less funding.” This statement shows the effect of poverty toward the american educational system. It basically gives what poor and minorities have to put up with because of either their lack of resources , or where their mind is set up to be and because of who you are. When you are poor and you are a minority chances are that your education is not where it should be. All my years of going to school i have seen for my own eyes that because of who you are and which is your economic status can make a big difference on how well you receive a proper education. In a poor school children don’t have sufficient resource that we should have to function properly as a school. Since schools don’t have sufficient funds and or on tight budget they have to make do with what they have even if in the long run the only people they would be hurting would be the students. If you were to go to a wealthy or middle class school you could instantly see and feel the difference . Those schools have more experience teachers, more technology, books in great condition, and a cleaner school. Since those schools have the basics and more they have the capacity to achieve. Gender on the other hand has not had a huge impact on the educational system, but most girls who attend a high poverty school have a huge possibility of getting pregnant and dropping out.

    2. I think that the major underlying causes for the nation’s high dropout rate would be that the student doesn’t have the essential things for him or her to succeed. The reason I think that is because if you don’t have any food or a place to live, why would education be the first thing in your mind. Your priority would be finding the essential things for you to survive. Once you have those essentials you can then focus on school but if the school you will be attending doesn’t have the basic things for you to prosper then it would the same thing as not having a real education. You also need an emotional support and good role model to help you guide you through the right path because when you feel like you cant do something they will restore the confidence to get you through it.

    3. If i could design a program I would install a place where they could get help in finding place to live, and do a program where adults would mentor a teen. I would partner up with pen hearts youth shelter so the teen could find a place to live so he/she would have to worry where he/she is going to sleep. I would also partner up with Mentor national mentoring partnership so the teen could have a role model guiding him to do the right things and helping him make good decisions.

    4. http://www.nea.org/home/33370.htm

    Part 3
    1. The lesson i learned was that my school and especially myself have put limits on me and i determined what i could or couldnt do because of the influence of my background. Now i know that no one can limit you unless you let yourself be limited. I never even realized that i was being limited ever since i was born because of who i was and where my economic status defined me. I will not let my future be based on what people have set my future to be. i will defy statics by graduating and going to college.

  5. Part 1
    1. My favorite character is Sparkle. Even though all the others face somewhat of the same struggles in their lives, Sparkle touched me the most. She’s only 17 in the 10th grade, but she’s been through so much. She feels as if she has no one. I think Sparkle would of stayed in school if she knew how to juggle school and the things she go through in life.
    2. In some ways Sparkle and I are alike. We both don’t like letting people in or getting close cause we feel as if they’re not going to do anything but leave sooner or later. It’s also not that easy trying to separate my everyday life from school, cause eventually they’ll end up interfering with each other like how it did with Sparkle. But the difference between Sparkle & I is that my life problems makes me want to do better in school so I can have a better life. Dropping out isn’t going to do anything but make Sparkle’s life harder.

  6. ::Part One::
    1 & 2) My favorite character in Dropout Nation is Marco, because his story really touched me. We are both Hispanic and we can relate on the point of fearing the deportation of our parents and wanting the best for our younger sibling(s). We differ in the way that I’m the oldest child wanting to set an example on my younger siblings and the fact that I have the support of both my parents. Education wise I haven’t reached the point where I don’t know if I’m going to graduate or not (and hopefully it stays that way).

    ::Part Two::
    1) Since the beginning of colonization education was a privilege. During the time of the Thirteen colonies, New England cared more about education than the south did, because in the south the children were told to farm when they grew older. Later on when slaves where brought into the New World, they were left uneducated. Present day children that go to schools in poverty suffer from having a weaker education than those at privileged schools. Gorski concludes from research done on poor vs privileged schools that:“The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…who come
    from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given an
    opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged
    Families” With this evidence we can only hope that funding will help those in poverty.

    You really cant tell what the underlying cause of dropout, because while watching Dropout Nation each student had a different reason on dropping out. Some just hate school, others have life problems that get in the way, and others just don’t like school.

    I would like to create a program that helps students to take in what they are taught and actually learn it. I don’t want it to be an elective but rather a school-wide arrangement. The Program will be implemented on middle and high schools. And not just anyone is chosen to help the kids in the program. The mentors will be people that the students can relate to in a sense. In middle school the program will weed out the students that are in poverty, lacking a good role model, or without a support system at home and bring them into the program to provide that for them. In high school, the program will get students to start thinking of college as a thing that WILL happen.

    4) http://www.dropoutprevention.org/

    ::Part Three::
    1) I was already aware that the American public system was a little messed up and this project helped me see a little deeper into where its trying to recuperate itself. Although the dropout rates are still high students are staring to become more aware of dropout prevention plans and the fact that no education means your life will be harder. And I also removed some of my ignorance towards why people dropout and that sometimes its not because they’re lazy.

  7. Part 1.
    My favorite character in Dropout Nation would have to been Sparkle. She obviously had a hard home life which affected her ability to focus in school,meanwhile creating her own family by being a teenage mother. She is relatable because of the many girls I see in my school struggle to gain an education, while facing the challenge of bearing a child. To see someone work so hard to try and make a better life for their child in the near future is a true inspiration. Her story differs from mine but still has a great effect on my life, this shows me that no matter how many obstacles life may throw at you it’s possible to still be successful in life. Even though I do not support teenage pregnancy, everyone makes mistakes, and it may be from a lack of focus or just how they were raised, but you have to continue your endeavors towards success to be an example for others.

    Part 2.
    I was thought by Payne in Savage Unrealities(2001) that “parents in poverty are bad parents”. I understand his thoughts of physical abuse,drug use, and alcohol abuse in the majority of these parents can affect these students but that is not always the case. Poverty stricken areas have much lower property taxes, therefore making necessary materials for learning scarce. Most students don’t even have enough meals in a day to survive, so the school providing a healthy and nutritional meal is crucial. Race is a huge factor on our educational system because the rates for minorities like African American and Hispanic students have a lower expectancy rate to graduate. According to Emmeline Zhao (The Huffington Post Oct.20,2011) a quarter of those minorities entering high school this year will not receive a diploma. Even gender takes its own toll on the educational system through life’s pulls and drags. The streets are always a deadly path for young men in poverty stricken areas. Gangs and drug distribution can lead to students dropping out or ending up in jail. The dangers of the streets can be blinded by the temptations causing more young men to not not even realize they are making a huge mistake to not get an education. Young women may have the pressure of being a teenage mother and feed more than one mouth, or even working during school to help pay bills and take care of the children in their home.

    Drugs,family,money,or even pregnancy are a lot of obvious reasons that high school students drop out but the unseen truths are in education. In my opinion your freshman year is crucial, and that’s is when a lot of children fail to meet the school standards. If they had more involved teachers that loved to teach and made school more engaging for incoming ninth graders, there wouldn’t be as many students trying to gain credits to graduate before they are too old to be in school. Barton say in Savage Unrealities “Other studies show that high poverty schools implement less rigorous curricula, employ fewer experienced teachers…” Affecting their focus towards learning.

    The teachers change our futures, I would create a training program for our teachers to promote engaging activities for our students to keep them interactive in the schools lessons. I would also make a charity as well that does fundraising for more materials like paper, books, computers, and pencils necessary for academic success. My charity would also do food drives for those students to take home that are less fortunate and only eat during school.




    Part 3.
    From this lesson I have learned how truly blessed I am to have a supportive family and food on my table. I am grateful they push me towards a successful future and truly care about my education. I was privileged to have amazing teachers who pushed me to become the best student I could and mentored me to the best of my abilities. Best of all I have learned no matter how great your journey my be or how enormous your obstacle are you can conquer anything and become something great if you push yourself.

  8. Part 1: Dropout Nation
    1. My favorite character is Marco. He resonated with me the most because despite having his father deported, and worked a 40 hour a week job to help support his mother and siblings, he made it. He graduated Sharpstown High, in the end he was able to push and persevere through it all.
    2. Well, I also have an older brother, but he graduated. Neither of parents are deported or even faced deportation. So not much resemblance between Marco’s story and my own personal education story.
    Part 2: Savage Unrealities
    1. Poverty to me is the number one factor of effect on the American educational system. Gorski states in his work that “high poverty schools are more likely than low poverty schools to have many teachers unlicensed in the subjects they teach, limited technology access, inadequate facilities, inoperative bathrooms, vermin infestation, insufficient materials, and multiple teach vacancies.” This evidence alone shows that poverty instantly rules out the chance of having an equal opportunity to learn the same as privileged children if you come from a poor economic background. The next deciding factor is class. There’s the lower class, and then there’s the middle class. What do most schools teach? Middle class culture. Though research shows “people in poverty actually have similar values as middle and upper class people.” Schools continue to teach students in poverty the rules to succeed in middle class culture, instead of trying to extend benefits to the lower class and not using them at an expense. Race and gender to me do not matter one bit. You can get through the educational just fine, be it the color of your skin or gender. Racism and sexism only impact your own system not the educational. Poverty and Class IMPACT the educational system.
    2. To me I feel like self-aspirations are an underlying cause for the dropout rates. Kids feel like they have a set plan to make it on their own when in reality, there’s no easy road in life and without a real plan you basically dig your own grave and these self-made goals are the reason why. They think they can live it up on the streets.
    3. I would design a program that would let students course out and simulate their lives based on how they believe they will survive in the real world. Choices will be made every day and will affect their outcome for the week. Students will do intense research on their path on choices to clearly show the outcome of that choice. This will show the end results for a student based on self-aspirations if it is bad, so that then they can be rehabilitated to the right path.
    4. http://www.dropoutprevention.org/
    Part 3: Reflection
    1. I learned that I am a bit unorganized and not very college-ready when I should be, so I need to kick it into gear and work hard this year to be sure that my after-high school life is in order so that no problems arise. I also learned that education in America isn’t as simple as enrolling, attending, and then graduating. There are many factors to it and that school shouldn’t be taken so lightly.

  9. Part One

    1. My favorite character from the video was Marcus. What resonates with me the most is how he turned his life around. At first, he allowed the adversities in life control how he lived, but then he realized that it would get him absolutely nowhere. I was happy to see him change, and be a better person.

    2. Marcus’s story kind of resembles my personal education story, however not to that extent. My freshman year, I didn’t care too much for school. It was all about fitting in and I allowed my grades to slip. I realized that it’s not about that, your future is more important than fitting in with people who don’t even care about you. As of now, education is very important to me.

    Part Two

    1. In America, the color of your skin, your gender, and even your socioeconomic status can hinder your success. It is said that, when you’re poor you receive less of an education than someone who is rich. Even from the paper it states, ” … schools mirror the societal classism that keeps of kids in poverty,”. However, I don’t believe that it’s completely the students fault why the fail in the education system. I believe that the system plays a great part in the successes and fails of every student. Sometimes who you are and where you come from determines where you go, but that’s only if you allow yourself to settle.

    2. I think some of the underlying causes of the nation’s high dropout rate is the lack of connection teachers have to students. They never take a step back, and try to figure out what is going on the child. Instead, they pile tons of work on them, and expect them to do it when they might not even have a bed to sleep in at night. Its as if teachers consider themselves better than the students. I believe until, someone reaches out to the students the high school dropout rate will continue to increase. It could only take one person to save a child.

    3. I would design a “Buddy Program”. In this program, I would get students on the verge of dropping out, to pair up with students that are on the right track in life. First, I would get the backgrounds of all the students and match them up with ones that have similar stories. I chose this method because, I believe you can’t truly relate to someone if you haven’t somewhat experienced what they’ve gone through. The children on the track will come up with creative ways to show them what their future could be, also help them with schoolwork, and help them with anything they are going through. If the program doesn’t help the at risk student, administration would have to come in and handle the situation. I would use technology, students, and adults as resources because all of these things can change the at-risk child’s mindset.

    4. http://www.nea.org/home/DropoutPrevention.html




    Part Three

    1. I’ve learned that the system is designed for you to fail. However, you have the power to overcome it. Why allow your self to be another statistic? As an African-American woman, society looks down on me. I will not let the influences of world determine how successful I become. The lesson this week has definitely empowered me to achieve all my dreams, and do things most people are scared to do. It has also opened my eyes to what evils dwell in our education system. I can say there are some that do care, but most could careless about us “less fortune” kids. One thing I will definitely take from this is to not let where your came from determine where you are going. Your mindset determines every decision you make, and every decision you make will affect your future.

  10. PT.3

    I learned that , though we believe we are living good , top of our class , we really are middle class ! Compared to other parts of georgia , we are living in poverty and dont realize it ! Poverty is effecting our school systems && education . Though we have people around us such as counselors , to try to “help” by telling us what we need to do and giving us advice , is it really help if they dont guide us through the steps ? I dont think so , and thats part of the reason why we have high dropout rates and why we remain in poverty ! Ive learned that in order to get away from poverty , we have to change some of our habits && surroundings . The people we hang around , the way we act in public , the places we call our homes , && the places we call our schools ! 🙂

  11. Part I
    1.) My favorite character throughout the movie was Marco. He was immensely touching because of all the struggles that he had on his plate; both of his parents deported, no home, a 40 hour dead end job, piles of schoolwork, and no home support. Now he isn’t the most perfect/flawless character, as he didn’t immediately grasp the dire of his situation as he was sorely lacking behind with 2 years worth of work, behaving erratically and disrespectfully; however, he was extremely determined to graduate and not follow the foot steps of his brother who dropped out, and pursued his ultimate goal-graduating on time. I appreciated and respected Marco as he chose to pursue the ultimate goal, but still had faults as everyone does. I also resonated with him, because I understand what he has been through-having to work and do school is an immense struggle and it’s a sacrifice. I’ve struggled myself and there is absolutely no time to do anything or do things for yourself. Marco is extremely inspiring and hard working and in the end, his hard work payed off. I saw the progress he made and I was an absolute fan. I loved the quote that the Dean had stated, “Marco didn’t even look like he was going to complete, but in the end, he made the gold.” Fantastic, Marco is truly a diamond in the making.
    2.) Marco’s story was in some ways similar, but also very different from mine. I have worked at a very early age- I’ve worked 24+ hours every weekend and I always work during the summer. During those times, it feels as if their is never time for oneself and it can feel overwhelming. Sometimes it feels as if there is a lot of pressure to make money, complete school and be successful in both-and when you don’t complete both successfully, one may feel like utter failure. Both of those things always linger in my mind and questions arise such as, “what more is there to do?’ or “I could have done that way earlier”, etc. It becomes extremely tumultuous, stressful and deprecating at times, but it is a questions that working students always ask. However with Marco, we are also both different as I could never just skip a whole semester and give very superficial reasons as to why. In my philosophy, education is extremely important and it outweighs everything in comparison. I would rather quit work and find some other means than to outright quit school for a whole semester. If there is a will, there is a way and there is always an answer to a question; it may be hard, but it is extremely gratifying to know in the end that the struggle was extremely worth it. However, I’ m not saying that Marco’s reasons were not important or sufficient enough, but I feel as though there are other routes and ways to solve problems.

    Part II
    1.) Poverty plays an absolute major role in our educational system; because of poverty, there are absolute differences in the school system of America. High poverty schools are given less attention to, and as a result the students suffer. The school systems are completely different; high poverty schools are given extremely low standards and as such, are equipped with lowly, unqualified teachers, overcrowded classrooms, inadequate facilities, less technology access, etc. (evident in 2nd page of Gorski’s essay). Poverty plays a major role as we are not able to keep up with the standards and technology of lower poverty ridden schools. It affects us as a whole, because we are almost seemingly permeated to this system; it’s almost as if poverty stricken schools are deemed to stay in this state forever because of the lack of attention, and the attention being directed toward the rich- we stay stuck in this system because of our permanent state of wealth and our knowledge that we will stay in this state because of the standards and stereotypes subjected to us. Race, class and gender play a major, absolute MAJOR influence on the American educational systems. As statistics, it is shown that minorities, females and low wealth individuals are not even guaranteed to graduate high school or complete college- and as a result, are not considered important and are considered an issue that plagues the educational system. Many are likely to drop out because of home life (particularly rough, gangs, no mother/father figure, extreme circumstances, etc.), simply being a female (often many teenagers get pregnant and drop out to become full time mothers), low wealth (poor, food stamps, government assisted programs, etc.). The issues that surrounds those 3 topics plagues the vast majority of students of those statures and as a result the educational system does not reflect or even cater to those type of individuals. Our system tends to ignore those individuals, or if to help them, lower the standards exceedingly low just to accommodate. The system also benefits middle and wealthier class individuals at the expense of students of those circumstances (3rd page of Gorski’s report). The educational system looks at them differently, and definitely not in the greatest light.
    2.)In my opinion, the cause for such a high drop out rate, is lack of will. Many people who want to succeed have a drive, a goal, to complete-and have high will. Getting a high school and college diploma is extremely hard work; it’s not easy. But one MUST have will and strength in order to complete such arduous tasks, otherwise you will sink and fail. I understand that life is tough, and there are just situations that make everyone want to give up, but one must have will in order to complete and survive. Nothing in life is easily given, and it’s a complete struggle, but you have to have will! If you have a will to live, you have a will to do anything you want in life. There are no shortcuts and no easy way out. That’s why there is such a high drop out rate; in my opinion it’s not any other reason, but to have a weak, lackluster, and unmotivated will. School is like life; it can be easy or hard- it just depends on your will and how much you have of it to offer.
    3.) If I could design a program that would help resolve this issue, it would have to be a program that is honest, truthful, one on one interactive, and hands on. I would use Design Squad Nation because of it’s STEM core; we need more science and math integrated into society as times are constantly changing and we need individuals who are willing to work and revolutionize science and technology. I would also use PBS media because of its available resources that is such a gold mine for educators and students alike. I would also use Get the Math because in the US, many students are sorely lacking in mathematical skills, and it seems to be an innovative, creative and hands on way to engage in math learning. StoryCorpsU, would also be awesome as it teaches oncoming College freshman the essential skills of a successful individual. Remember that family, teachers, foundations, just a variety of networks are always open and willing to communicate and work to get students on track to graduate and be successful in both highschool, college, and life in general.

    Part III
    1.) What I learned about myself is that I am proud to have such a strong will to take control of my education and to further my future to be successful. I also learned that I am also extremely blessed to not be in such severe situations as those in the videos and to be better and grateful about what I have. What I learned about the education system is that it needs a MAKEOVER. The educational system is extremely disappointing, but I also understand that there is only so much that the system can do as well, as it depends ultimately on you and your decisions. The educational system is definitely not the most perfect, as it needs some revisions regarding the differences between those who are not as wealthy, and improvements in the divisions of school, but it can only do so much. I will never forget in the video about how much hope and encouragement that they gave Sparkle, Lawrence and Marcus, but only for them to ultimately throw their multiple chances away. It was their decisions and now they have to live with the consequences.

  12. Part 2
    1. “The evidence….proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children….who come from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given an opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged families. The obvious cause of this inequality lies in the finding that most disadvantaged children attend schools that do not have basic facilities and conditions conducive to providing them with education.” Gorski’s Savage Unrealties couldn’t have said it any better. Society now a days is judged upon poverty, race, class, and gender. In my opinion I think in the American educational system, it’s worse for people in poverty & males.
    2. In my opinion I think the underlying cause of the nation’s high drop out rate is at home problems they rarely speak of. Most kids be having so much going on and they mostly keep in all in. Sometimes it isn’t good cause its causes them not to focus. I also think its because they don’t have positive role models in theirs life’s to keep them in check.
    3. If I had a chance to develop a program to resolve this issue I would make a program for kids on the verge of dropping out and for kids who needs to be mentored. The program would be everyday after school. I would have many mentors and helpers to assist the kids and their problems, whether its school problems or at home problems. I believe most kids need someone that’s going to be there for them and help them through their problems
    4. http://www.aera.net/

  13. Watching this video made me realize that I am no different from any of them. I face many challenges as I am on the route to graduation. I started off my high school years being influenced by everyone around me. In this video my favorite character is Marco. What touches me about him is that he knows the struggle that his parents go through and so he’s trying his bet to get himself together. His story is kind of similar to mines. My dad is in Honduras so he can’t be here for my graduation, and my mom all that she wants is to see me graduate on time. I learned that many African Americans are dropping out as so Hispanics because of the fact that there’s either not enough money around or they’re easily influenced. I honestly believe that some alumni’s just hate school because of the “regular” procedures that most teachers are FORCING them to go through. For instance the regular workbook/textbook reading and class work that teachers give make some students wonder why they’re still there if they can’t learn off of that. Personally I am a hands-on type of student and I can’t just learn from reading or discussing. It’s hard, which is why I prefer having a fun way of remembering things, but because most teachers follow the “regular” procedures some students get discouraged and wonder why they are still in school wasting their time and that type of thinking leads to dropping out. On this assignment I learned that I actually have high standards for a teacher. I’m not comfortable with regular basis learning. I like to be challenged to the point where I am pushed to think outside of the box.

  14. Part 1
    (1+2) My favorite character, would have to be Marco. Maybe I am a bit biased that he is the only one out of the interviewed teens, but I was really touched to see him being the one that pulled through and graduated. I personally believed he was lucky to be motivated last minute by the chance his mom was given to not be deported. I feel that he’s well rounded deep down even if he was on the pathway to drop out, I was moved to see the happiness in his eyes when he figured his mother would be able to stay. I personally didn’t experience anything similar to what he did, but to see him work shifts that made it impossible to do school itself and causing him to skip meals or not even able to eat meals, it just clicked for me, that I have to give the guy props for hanging on so long, not just for him, but his mom and sister at home.

    Part 2
    1.) In Gorski’s text regarding Ruby Payne’s Framework, it is emphasized that Payne does not fully uncover classism and poverty to the extent for understanding. Payne focuses on the different characteristics of students enrolled at high poverty rate schools. Stated in Gorski’s response, “The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…who come from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given the opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from privileged families. The obvious cause of this inequality lies in the finding that the most disadvantage children attend schools that do not have basic facilities and conditions conducive to providing them with quality education,” in my own interpretation and opinions, I come to believe that this is found to be true, though I personally feel whether your skin colour is darker than another or you are male or female shouldn’t have any type of impact what so ever when it comes to education. From this statement here, we are told that many are not given the same opportunities based on a feature that was given to them as gifts, but viewed as a reason to separate them from everyone else. Not only gender and race itself, poverty has played its part into making holes and denting education as a whole in America, because students who live in high poverty areas, would obviously have to handle more outside issues than just school alone. The little of us are so lucky to be able to say that all we have to do is to go to school. It is not the life you tend to live once you realize that every morning you wake, you have to tell yourself to just pull through the day with work, family, school, actually learning, and kids even. Yet a lot of us wonder why, there are so many dropouts, I mean, they’re going to school right? Wrong. I think is quite even more obvious that high poverty areas have students that do things that they feel like they HAVE and MUST do rather than things they should do. It’s only common sense, would you ever see a wealthy student or, middle class even, to worry about what a student that lives in poverty would have to?
    2.) The nation’s dropout rate, in my opinion, is lying upon the reasons why students aren’t motivated to stay in school. This extends back far, this such as poverty (our whole blog topic today), non-well rounded parents, or maybe even the teachers themselves.
    3.) If I were capable to help out with the dropout crisis, I would put out time to open a program that travels or one that has to be available in ranges of all counties/cities and schools. This is because I have to be aware that majority of the dropout rate percentage is linked to poverty, I can’t make the program unreachable, so therefore no excuse. On how the program is ran, I believe it is necessary to be government funded, if not I would find the many ways to fundraise to help the program to remain running. The program, like on the American Graduate website, would have tutoring for certain areas, math projects such as “Get the Math”, Design Squad Nations (Engineer Interests), RoadTrip Nation. These programs, read further on the website, hits points of not only motivation for students, but I would be willing to add any programs or sponsor more programs that pinpoint interests of students. Growing up, I’ve always have the privilege and support from my parents to join extracurricular activities that poke my interests, I would love to provide the love and care to ALL students, regardless of conditions.
    4.) 3 Resources:
    – Run a highschool more similar to a college, give more flexible schedules within school hour times or provide frequent Saturday schooling. Allow students to form their schedules but not only students, have efficient teachers that truly show passion toward work, teachers that have a strong purpose and will remain motivated to motivate their students.
    – Raise the withdrawal limit and have a strong encouraging administration that have the words to encourage students to not withdrawal but instead to figure out alternatives.
    Part 3
    What I’ve learned throughout this whole blogging process, was that our dropout rates are incredibly high. I’ve also learned a bit about myself, I’m really surprised that I’ve made it to my senior year without dropout thoughts, even if I was little I had thought about what if I had to drop out. Luckily I’ve made it through my struggles, never even thinking about dropping out, I just really enjoyed school. Not only this, I’ve come to realize the students of the nation are at such huge risks. I’m lucky that I am able to finish but my county enough is already, “crappy”. To know there are even other schools that go through even WORSE, but they have great administrations and staff that are willing to help them.

  15. Prt1
    After seeing the devastating stories, Marco is the one that mostly resembled my eye sight. Marco has his dad deported and was in the process of also losing his mom. This is truly devastating. My parents are also undocumented, but thank god I have them both by my side. Marco is working to help out his family income status while I also work but too help myself out and don’t depend much on my parents to buy wants. Marco is being strong to keep up his grades and graduate on time with his class. I like his mood and the sacrifices he is taking to keep up the family. He is now currently the man in the house. The difference between him and I is that Marco is struggling to graduate, and I’m not. Marco sometimes skips school while I don’t. We don’t have main differences, but just like Marco we are dreamers for a better future for us and our family

    A study from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) (2004) shows that high-poverty schools are more likely than low-poverty schools to have many teachers unlicensed in the subjects they teach, limited technology access, inadequate facilities, inoperative bathrooms, vermin infestation, insufficient materials, and multiple teacher vacancies. Other studies show that high-poverty schools implement less rigorous curricula (Barton, 2004), employ fewer experienced teachers (Barton, 2004; Rank, 2004),have higher student-to-teacher ratios (Barton, 2003; Karoly, 2001), offer lower teacher salaries (Karoly, 2001), have larger class sizes (Barton, 2003), and receive less funding (Carey, 2005; Kozol, 1992) than low-poverty schools. According to me, research show that education is more focused to low poverty compared to high poverty schools. The government provides for more funds and cares more for low poverty schools. Is this what really makes a great America? Paul Gorski even stated, “In today’s equity education milieu, particularly in the areas of poverty and class…” Even though I will say that I don’t believe race and gender have such a big impact on education as how it used to be. During segregation years, African Americans, Latinos, anyone who wasn’t white was mistreated and thanks to those decades racism still occurs today. There are also many areas that only have a majority amount of African Americans and Mexicans and in another pure white and the government will most likely give 70% funds to a white school compare to the other. This is why there are so much bad comments on different areas of the country with the education system.
    With Gender there is not much of a big difference unless the circumstance makes the government set a help. Many women are pregnant at 17 in any type of poverty but why do low poverties schools get more funds then high poverty schools? This is not fair at all. Everybody has problems; everybody needs technology, a clean restroom, and even a great instructor. America system should have equal funds for everybody not discriminate.
    In my opinion, I believe one of the main causes for dropout rate in our nation is because they dont have that one person to motivate them and allow them to see life and help them establish a main goal to accomplish greatness in life. As stated, Most dropout rates occur because those high scholars believe that taking easy way outs will last, Fake friends are family, and working at minimum payment will help them and even pregnancy is a cause. What if it was just that one person to help him or her? Will the economy increase while the dropout rate decrease? There are many intelligent scholars that don’t think before they act and it will affect them for the rest of their life. People have to stop the silent and talk To those scholars so they can make a change.
    If I had the chance to develop a program to resolve this issue I would do an After School Program where there would be mentors that are assigned to certain kids and people like psychologist who will help them establish a set mind for a better future. I will have tutors to help them with schools. I would even have coaches for sports, so if homework is completed they can have fun. I want scholars to express themselves and have a better and brighter future. If I can I will help!

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    I’ve learned that this education is very unique in a way that their teaching skills are not very good. They brainwash us and don’t set real things that are to be useful in life. I don’t want to be stuck in poverty all my life. Brokenness stops here! I want to learn things that will help me become somebody successful! I want to be a great person with a set mind to have a great future. So from now on, I will have my mind set completely on a great future. Instructors might say one thing but reality is what will haven today and what you are set to live tomorrow.

  16. Tanesha Goolsby
    September 1, 2013
    Ms. Sliveri pd: 4

    Drop Out Nation Questions

    Part 1

    1. Throughout the video I found myself truly connecting with Marco. This is because he continued to push and work hard for not only himself,but for his mother and sister. His selflessness truly touched a place inn me. To find someone thats willing to go beyound his limits to make a better life for someone other than themselves is something extraordinarily rare nowadays. Marco’s story really just tells me that it’s not always about just doing something for society,but for the bettering of yourself and eeveryone around you that can be affected by those things. Hard work isn’t just a physical state,it’s a mental one as well.

    2. Marco’s educational story differ from mine so much because throughout his high school life marco continued to encounter straining situations,such as the deportation of his father,and the process of his mother also almost being deported. On top of that he also found a way worked hard hours of work only to still try to get up in the morning. Where as with me I was blessed with a hard working mom that had a steady job,enough to where she always had everything that I needed and almost always tried to give me what I wanted,I also have a dad who though not perfect,was still there to help me realize that, “your life might not be how you want it,but the onlt way to make it better is to get this education that I wish I would have gotten,and change it because no one but yourself has the power to do that.” I always had a least one source of support in my life,in general or educational wise.

    Part 2

    1. The connection between poverty and education lies in the understanding that “The problem of class in school is not that students in poverty don’t know the hidden rules of the middle class. The problem is that many school policies and practices benefit middle class and wealthy students at the expense of students in poverty.” The belief of society’s “social norms” is what causes the unbalanced scale in the educational system. In order to learn a certain way you have to think a certain way. So instead of directly finding a bridge between a students score and their way of life, the educational system chucks it up as that being just the way that class of people are. To focus on the middle class and the wealthy ultimately pushes those of “lower class” or “poverty” further into those positions. Race plays a role in the fact standards lead us to believe that if we are a certain race than we stand in a position of stereotypes,this is shown in Gorski’s essay when he stated,”payne’s third source speaks about Oprah and how she left her daughter in the care if her senile grandmother” by using this negative image of a well know African American women it puts a spotlight on the stereotypes people put us in. Gender is easily broght into educational systems, if you were to look at any education and gender it’s assumed that a man would have a better education than a female. The logic behind this is simple,there is none, the thought that a man has better education could feel that way because of the position in which gender roles are played. A man has a bigger pay, therefore he must have better education? Wrong, the idea that governs class and education,race and education, and poverty and education, the idea that their is role, a hidden code that we either know or fall behind in the game.

    2. In my opinion I feel that the gap of class and the shift in teaching has caused the increase in dropouts. I feel that the educational system now has lost the focus of “The child” and now only focus on their next paycheck and passing them along “to get us out of their hair”. The feeling of being a chore instead of a gift is easily shown and felt. There use to be a time where teachers use to know,honestly Know your mom by here first name,knew your study habits and a general idea of what and why we do things where as now it would be pure chance if we got a phone call home. Also,the social gap of what’s expected in school and the behavior of life that someone grows up in cause a communication barrier so big that in turn it leads to the skyrocketing numbers in dropouts.

    3. If I could design a program to help reduce or stop school dropouts,I would make a ‘class’ where everyone finds out what their good at and intern would take that knowledge and help someone else in the class that wasn’t aware of that source of Information before. All the resource would come from family,friends,support groups,and fundraising. Not only would basic subjects such as math and reading be taught,but world and life information to. Students would have the chance to teach the class along with inspirational speakers and on staff teachers/counselor. Students wiuld nit be subjected to basic learning,but will be able to explore ways in funding a balance of what they love and a love a learing.

    4. http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide.aspx?sid=9

    Part 3

    1. I’ve learned learned that a better life starts with a better education and that though it is given freely the inadequate use of it can be costlly. Im not just a percentile,but a future leader. It is not others judgement of me that makes me smart or adequate,but the drive and and focus that I possess In order to work for what I want. Education in America is truly taken for granted and is a system of knowing the rules, and codes.

  17. PT 1 
    In the “Drop Out Nation” video my favorite character would have to be Sparkle. The things that really touched me was that she was going through so much from not having a strong adult figure to help her out to loosing her son. She struggled so much but still seemed to keep her head up high. The things that differ me & Sparkle is that I never went through any of that. I always had my mom to take care of me & never really had to struggle or take care of myself. I couldn’t even imagine being in her position. She has to worry about getting her child back also she has to find a safe place to lay her head every night, I don’t think I could be that strong & keep a smile on my face every day. We resemble because just like her I really don’t like or want to deal with school but I deal & try to stay focused on graduating. 

    PT 2
    1. “Poverty is caused by interrelated factors: parental employment status and earnings, family structure, and parental education” (2001, p. 12). In fact, parental employment status and education do not cause poverty. They reflect the impact of poverty (Rank, 2004).” This quote is stating all the facts, poverty is NOT exactly caused by lack of education and low paying jobs. There are  people with a lack of education & underpaying jobs because of POVERTY. Race, gender and class have a lot to do with poverty. For instance students up North have more advantages, they get the new books, new schools & ect. It always falls down to the point of race, money & their parents are  a “somebody” & thats not fair. Just because they do have money & they are a different race they get treated  much better than the kids with less money that live else where. In other places the school systems judge off of what the kids don’t have . We always get the old books & while our school maybe falling apart they are getting built a new one & its all because of who they are vs. who we are , where we live & what we have.
    2. Personally I believe that the students of my generation don’t think they are worth a good education & give up so quickly. They learn from wait they see, young girls see their mom struggle all their life getting help from the government & think its all okay if they get pregnant and drop out. They think the government is going to take care of them and they are okay with that when in reality the government is actually working against them. Young men have the mentality that it is ok to sell drugs & be in the streets. Dropping out of school is one of the biggest mistakes that they make. The fast life isn’t going to last forever but a education is, that is something they all fail to realize. In addition the education system in the minority is so poor that when students get to high school they are lost and cant keep up because of the lack of education. As a result of that they don’t feel capable & drop out. 
    3. If I could make a program for students, I would make a program where no child would get left or gave up on. Thats one of the reasons so many kids drop out because so many of the teachers & parents give up. There would be many after school programs thats not only helping them with their education but teaching life skills.
    4. http://www.dropoutprevention.com

    PT 3
    In this weeks lesson I learned that I am more fortunate than i actually thought I am. Poverty is EVERYWHERE, in the way we speak & act. In order to change poverty or get out of it you must need a good education.

  18. Part 1: Dropout Nation
    1. My favorite character from Dropout Nation is Sparkle. Her story resonates with me the most because she had trust issues. She didn’t have anyone she believed was there for her and it reminded me of myself when I was younger.
    2. Her story differs completely from mines since she decided to dropout which is understandable in that situation. I most likely would have done the same if I had to take care of a child and hold a job.
    Part 2: Research and Assess
    1. In Gorski’s Savage Unrealities, he‘s saying that the American educational system is stuck on the stereotypes of poverty. “According to Payne (2001), people in poverty are bad parents: “The typical pattern in poverty for discipline is to verbally chastise the child, or physically beat the child, then forgive and feed him/her” (p. 37).” People in poverty aren’t always bad parents. They can make mistakes which take a turn for the worst. This is being assumed by legislators and they are making regulations based around that stereotype that people in poverty are bad parents.
    2. One underlying cause I believe for the nation’s high dropout rate is the difficulty of the classes. The classes aren’t hard enough for a student to focus and actually try to be smarter than his mates. 1st through 8th grade is easy enough for a student to pay attention to half the material and still move on to the next grade. This leads to laziness because they aren’t being challenged and dropping out after they feel like they can’t keep anymore since they switched to a lazier style of life. Another underlying cause is relationships. If a person joins a bad crowd, then they’ll start to conform to that crowd that leads to a downward spiral which could lead to drugs and crimes being committed. This will discourage them from coming to school and they may dropout because they are scared of authority.
    3. If I could design a program that could help resolve this issue, it would be getting companies and people of the community who specialize in areas of interest to help those students know what they have done to get there. For example, there are 30 students who want to do something in the medical field. Bring in a doctor from Emory and have them talk to the students.
    4. http://www.dropoutprevention.org/
    Part 3: Reflect
    1. I learned that the American educational system’s mindset is on middle and upper class people. Even though they have programs to help people in poverty, it treats the symptoms of what they believe is poverty and not the actually problem.

  19. Part2

    This quote right here explains everything “The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…who come from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given the opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from privileged families. The obvious cause of this inequality lies in the finding that the most disadvantage children attend schools that do not have basic facilities and conditions conducive to providing them with quality education.” Just because someone comes from a poor background doesn’t mean their not trying to strive for the best education they can get. I know if it was me I would want the best education I can get so my family won’t come from a poor background. I say poverty in schools lead to kids droping out becaues they’re not geting treated the same. They don’t have all the materials they need. Then they’re some teacher that don’t help kids when their struggling in class so then this leads to them wanting to dropout. If every teacher helped there students that needs it I say tje dropout rate will go down because they are getting the extra help and confindance they need. As far as race goes they always give white people the best education. They make sure they don’t fall behind. All there school have the new textbooks, latest technology, and etc.

  20. Part 3
    The lesson I learned about myself is even though I’m in poverty that doesn’t dictate who I am and who I will be. My life is what I make it. Either I can make it better or worse. I rather chose the right path to go down to lead me to the road of success. I also learned I shouldn’t let things get between me and school. The lesson I learned about education in America is that it is mostly judged and criticized on where kids come from, who they are, and what they have. I also learned that you can’t expect everyone to help you, but there are some who are willing to bend over backwards for you.

  21. Part 1 question 1&2
    My favorite character is Marco just because were both Hispanic but luckily i never had to deal with the fear of my parents being deported , but my dad took a boat to Florida from Cuba when he was only a little boy , he had to worry about being caught by coast guard or not making it. Me now having a job is completely different from Marco i have a loving supporting family that feeds me and has or never would abandon me, even when it gets tough at school! Whenever it gets tough my mom just pushes me harder and harder, i have a 3.1 GPA and shes satisfied but content with it , she would be ecstatic if i graduated with 3.5 or higher , my mom believe in me and has high hopes.
    Part 2
    Sadly believe it or not but if you were born into a poor Hispanic or African american family you are considered Middle Class , which as Ms. Silveri said is just a nice way of saying your poor but your not that poor , you’ll make it! “This is why, if we truly are committed to eradicating classism in our schools, we
    must mistrust any easily digestible framework. We can not secure equity and justice if we
    do not confront authentically inequity and injustice. And we cannot confront inequity and
    injustice by ignoring classism. ” Gorski states wich i believe in very strongly. if we just ignore the fact that we all are poor and the rich are rich , life wont be perfect but it might cut out some of the fights. every one just cant wear Gucci and Prada , Hollister and Fitch. I personally believe that the reason our drop out rate is so low is because kids just get flat out LAZY! senior-itus before there actually even seniors. They want to be grown and skip school and smoke weed, get arrested, and LASTLY teenagers that try to grow up so quickly and have babies at 15 , 16, and 17 ! Then they complain that they cant provide , that they cant concentrate at school just like sparkle! maybe if she waited to graduate get a diploma and actually grow up at her own pace not what she thought she had to, she would of graduated. If i could design any program i would have a mentor program that you a had a short class period you had to spend with a mentor that’s gone through hard ships but has graduated for a grade and just talk to them about your problems about what was going on at home about anything and everything, and i can almost gaurentee that it would lift thousands of pounds of their shoulders. it always helps to talk to some one you trusted, and just let it out!
    Part 3
    I’ve learned that i’m stronger than i think i am seeing people like sparkle who dropped out cause of her baby , Marcus throw his career away because of a fight , and Marco dropping out of a semester because he got lazy! looking at myself i’m 17 on track to graduate without a baby with a possible softball scholarship on the way , and luckily have never had to deal with the fear of loosing my loving parents. i pray for the safety health and for those that don’t have any family shelter or food every night , but luckily i’m poor and considered in poverty and “middle class” but i am a very privileged ” Middle Class” child!

  22. Part 1
    1. Marco’s story is the one that impated me the most throughout the documentary. His story devistated me knowing what he was going through from his father being deported to his mother at risk of deportation. Working vigerously with no rest, no nutrition, and still attempting to graduate high school with the odds against him was incredible.
    2. Marco resembles me in the fact that we are both Hispanic and are striving to graduate. We both want to make our mothers proud and will get there at all costs. Throughout Marco’s story I realized how fortunate I am to have the education that I do as well as the parents that support me. I have a new gratitude for everything I am blessed with.

    This assignment has taught me that America is in a crisis, an educational crisis. What America fails to see is that we are the future adults and they lack investment on us. They forget that they cannot live forever and we are all the upcoming leaders of the counrty that they will be leaving behind. Education is what makes a good leader, not just book smarts but knowledge wise as well.

  23. Part I
    The character that touched me the most was Marco. Knowing that his father got deported and his mother was on the border of getting deported as well. I honestly don’t know how he was able to get around with all of this on his back, and he had a 40 plus hour job. His situation made him have to dropout for a semester of high school. That is what made him get off track with graduating on time with his class, but even with the struggle and circumstances he was able to come out strong in the end to graduating on time.
    Marco and I are similar in a way that we are both Hispanic males wanting to graduate. We are different in the fact that I have both of my parents with me and don’t have to worry about them getting deported. I am on track with graduating on time and don’t have to work to survive and provide for me and my family unlike Marco. If I were in his situation I don’t know if I could have handled all of that stress on my mind from so much thinking of all the things I have to accomplish for necessity needs like food on my table.

    Part II
    Poverty has an immense effect on the American educational system “high-poverty schools are more likely than low-poverty schools to have many teachers unlicensed in the subjects they teach, limited technology access, inadequate facilities, inoperative bathrooms, vermin infestation, insufficient materials, and multiple teacher vacancies”. This statement says it all with a school of high poverty the level of education isn’t as high as a low/no poverty school because in a low poverty school these needs aren’t limited.
    Payne in Savage Unrealities: Uncovering Classism in Ruby Payne’s Framework talks about stereotypes by race and gives examples like “an African-American, teenage, high school dropout, single mother whose boyfriend has been arrested for assault…a Hispanic (Payne’s term) woman who dropped out after sixth grade and had five kids in eleven years after marrying at age sixteen”
    “Payne (2001) suggests that educators learn the “hidden rules” of poverty and teach students in poverty the rules that will help them succeed in middle class culture” Payne is saying that in order to succeed and become part of the middle/upper class people in poverty need to learn the hidden rules. With these rules you are basically guaranteed to get out of poverty.
    Some of the cause’s student’s drops out of high school because they are disengaged from learning don’t like school; think school isn’t going to get them nowhere, or just don’t have the financial needs necessary to get the proper education.
    If I were to design a program that will help reduce school dropout it would be equal for all classes not better for one than the other. The teacher student ratio would be low unlike some high poverty school with 25 plus student to one teacher. Make sure all teachers are certified to teaching so students can get quality education. Make sure all school have the necessary resources to give student a proper education and vice versa so student can get that education given.

    Part III
    After completing this assignment I learned that I live in a high poverty area where the education isn’t the best due to the resources available to gain the proper education. But after reading and learning that there are hidden rule to getting out of the lower class and going up to the middle class. This assignment has also opened my eyes and letting me look beyond knowing that there are ways to getting out of poverty.

  24. Part 2 :

    1- Poverty effects our generations education because, there are many students that do not have adequate resources for school or to continue their education in college. No matter how smart the student is, if they don’t have stability and the supplies they need they won’t get far. Our teachers lead us to think we are getting a good education and are at the top, but in reality we’re doing just enough to pass by. We aren’t at the top, we’re just good enough for our social class. When it comes to race and education I feel that stereotypes play a big role. When someone see’s African American and Hispanic / Latino students their mind automatically leads to think their of the lower class. I think African American history is the base of their stereotypes. Back in the day they could not read or write and couldn’t afford school so that past history still plays in the back of people’s minds. Gender also plays a role in education. Stereotypes also come into play with this subject. Most people have the idea that females are better in academics than males. Sometimes, especially in math males can be more intelligent than females. Although the issue of gender is not as serious as Race or Poverty its still an issue.
    2- I believe the biggest cause of drop outs is the students background and personal life. With things going on at home its hard for a student to keep a clear mind. Most students hide their personal issues and put on a hard front, but on the inside their mind is running a mile a minute. On the other hand some students just don’t have the drive and motivation to go to school and be successful, they settle for less. With that being said we come back to personal things. I think a child’s beliefs reflect their parents. If they have no support or motivation at home they think to themselves “what am I even here for?”
    3- If I could design a dropout prevention program at school I think it would be something social. Something that will make students want to come to school. Something they can look forward to, because if they have no interest they won’t come. Some students have nobody to go to and talk about their problems. So if they had a chance to talk about their issues with peers at school it might actually help.

    Part 3 :
    I have learned that I habe potential and I can make difference. I can change people’s view on the lower class just by being successful! I crave success and that makes a difference
    I also learned that education is really unfair. Just because someone comes a lower class doesn’t mean they should HAVE to have a lower class education. Not everyone in the lower class is bound to drop out

  25. Part 1
    Number 1.The character I was interested was Marcus. He works harder in school only during football season. Marcus likes football and wanted to join the team, but in order to that he must have good grades in his classes. However, after football seasons, his grades began to decline. He had no motivation to continue even though he really wanted to graduate. One day he was caught having weed on him. He was release from jail 3 days later and the school gave him a chance to recover. What touches me most was that he was willing to try everything he can to graduate after being sent to prison. Marcus was trying to give up marijuana to pass his classes. Giving up something so addicting like marijuana is one of the hardest challenge in an addict’s life.
    Number 2. Marcus and I are alike. Both of us have an addiction. Both of us have to try to give it up to be able to work harder in school. The only difference between our addictions is that he is addicted to marijuana while I am addicted to video games. I understand what he is trying to go through but he had it harder than me. We have the urge to continue to do our addiction but we should know it’s not right. We are here in school to do what we have to do and that is to graduate.
    Part 2
    Number 1. Students in high-poverty schools will have a poorer education than students in low-poverty schools. It is said on page 2 that “A study from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) (2004) shows that high-poverty schools are more likely than low-poverty schools to have many teachers unlicensed in the subjects they teach, limited technology access, inadequate facilities, inoperative bathrooms, vermin infestation, insufficient materials, and multiple teacher vacancies”. Students in low-poverty schools will have more efficient resources to learn than students in high-poverty schools. The schools benefit the middle class and wealthy students at the expense of poverty. The middle classes must be taught the hidden rules of the school. Minorities have it poor. Minorities usually have problems about schools whether it’s dealing with grades or attending school. Females may have drop out too because of their social environment. It is said on page 4 that “Oprah, another African American woman who appears in the third scenario, leaves her daughter in the care of a senile grandmother and unemployed uncle. In the fourth scenario we are introduced to a Hispanic (Payne’s term) woman who dropped out after sixth grade and had five kids in eleven years after marrying at age sixteen.”
    Number 2. Some reasons I believe that leads to the drop-outs of school are social problems, abuse, and drug usage. Students may have terrible friends or teachers that may make them leave school. Bullying may also result of students being afraid to go to school. Drug usage may cause students to be lazy or do some gang-related activities.
    Number 3. If I could help these issues, I would first have a higher security watching every corner to watch out from bullying. I would also have security watch on the computers in case of cyber bullying. I would also have students to do surveys on their teachers to see if the teachers are doing their jobs and treating every student with respect. I would make each student to have health class for a specific amount of years as a requirement to teach them the dangers of drugs and how it will affect their future.
    Number 4. To prevent the education dropout, the school must teach students about real life situations. The school also must have higher safety measures on the people in school. And finally the school must have health inspections on the students and try to help them if they are an addict. Here are some resources:
    Part 3.
    Number 1. For this week’s assignment, I learned that there are so many situations that may result in dropouts whether it’s directly or indirectly. The education for the student body is low if we have high-poverty. I now realize that my education is poor because we are in poverty. However, I know that won’t stop me from being successful and having a good future. Even if some of the teachers are unlicensed and our technology is poor, I won’t give up. It only matters where I am heading to.

  26. Part3

    I have learned a lot about what some kids really go through. The most important thing is that I need to graduate so I don’t become another statistics. I really need to think deep about what some teachers tell me because they could be telling me stuff that’s no good to me.

  27. Lawrence is my favorite character in this video. Lawrence is someone that i can honestly understand. He is a trouble student but whats stands out the most to me is the fact that he has the worse temper among the other characters. Earlier in the video he had a break down, this touched me the most because I could almost relate to him. In his weakest moments he thought of the things that was wrong in his life And it got next to him. He said that “all the weight was on his shoulders”, meaning that for some reason he felt the most responsible for the things going wrong in his life. The thing that really had an effect on me was when he said “all the happiness and joy is gone”, he was in tears. The only thing that made his world go round was his mom which was vacant from his life, and he was fighting a battle on his own. Lawrence differ from me with his attitude. His attitude is a huge problem however it doesn’t blind the personality that he has.He becomes so upset so quickly and this jeopardizes his opportunity to succeed. I never let my behavior control my future. With Lawrence, its so hard to control his feelings.
    The American Educational system. Poverty,race,class and gender are the main categories of describing the universal issues. Gorski’s presented that ,”The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…who come from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given an
    opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged families. Poverty tends to over ride the children that has been born into this situation. Often times a child is born into this world without knowing whether they will be successful or not. How will a child know that starting in kindergarten the government can tell weather that child will be a high school graduate? They don’t. parents now a days range from many ages,different race and different class. The environment you may raise your child in can determine the fate of that child’s future. the proper education is not always given in the most honest fair way. Many believe to say ” because of where this child come from, I know he or she will never be anything, why waste my time offering this individual something he or she may not use?” but know the questions returns to you, “how can you determine what this child will do, how do you know the poor child you are judging right now wants to become a lawyer? You don’t. many African Americans are put into a category before they can even talk. But the statistics show that along with the Hispanic culture they are more than likely to fail. The society has already made a decision to give these individual less attention, and less education opportunities. When you are given the impression that someone doesn’t care about what happens to you, the whole mentality of that child succeeding is already deceived. poverty is in many generations and can effect the future generation but someone has to break the cycle. Education is widely given but whether that child is raised into believing education makes or break their lives…they will continue to fail uncontrollably. The reason why they are not being given the opportunity is because society already looks for them to fail. I honestly believe that bad parenting and less welcoming environments are the causing of high drop out rates. According to a technical report, “The evidence clearly shows that dropout is always the result of a long process of disengagement that sometimes begins before the child enrolls in kindergarten. The report also provides information on 50 programs that were found to be effective in addressing these risk factors.” It starts when they first arrive in world, they whole lives are already planned, parents determines it all.
    I’d design a program called “Active to be Reactive”.This program is designed to help students with problems at home. It will be a corporation that has mentors that will be like the second parents to these kids. We will offer classes to subjects that are difficult for children to succeed in, we will make sure that we help them as much as we can by providing mental,physical and emotional assistance. My lesson learned in this week assignments is that parents are really important in their kids lives, their decisions not only effect them but, controls the fate of their child. Poverty is in a invader,it can attack anyone at any moment.



  28. Part I

    My favorite character of the Dropout Nation documentary would sway more towards Lawrence. Without trying to degrade him, or put myself at some type of higher pedestal, I chose him because I’d say I saw a more ignorant me, a me from the best. His temper, more specifically, was what made me think of myself from the past. The difference between us would be that I take and took my education very seriously.

    Part II

    To sum things up, I believe that America’s education system uses gender, poverty, circumstance, race, class, and other statistics, all to weed out people for the Government’s benefits. The (poor, “broke”, whatever preferred) mindsets that are discussed in Ruby Payne’s Framework are a great reasoning as to why the nation’s dropout rate is high. Personally, if I could establish any program regarding the education system for the masses, it would primarily be to just have the students be able to realize how their ignorance, and lack of intelligence and productivity is being easily manipulated by the Government. That would really be the only thing I’d feel the need to do, besides maybe try and provide transportation and tutoring for those who really want and need the help.

    Part III
    I’ve learned how much I’ve grown, by looking at Lawrence. I’ve learned more about how students are being classified in one category when they leave, but are really just dropouts. Also, more on the scams of Private Schools, just in it for the money. Issuing diploma’s to people who haven’t really earned them, it’s really sad.

  29. part I:
    1. Marco’s story is probably the one that touched me the most. The reason being because on top of school work he still has to be worrying about his mom being deported or not after his father was already deported. Even with that he still has to work long hours in order to provide with help in his household. He is trying to graduate so that his younger sibling can look up to him.
    2. Marco’s life differs from mine because he attends school and works also. I on the other hand don’t work but just attend school. School is m only job.

    Part II:
    1. Poverty and class do have a major effect on the American educational system. The reason being that is because student attending a low class school doesn’t have the same resources as a student attending a higher class school district. Gender on the other half doesn’t really differ in education, in my opinion. In my opinion race doesn’t effect education because to me the color of your skin doesn’t matter. what matters is whats up in your head.
    2. In my opinion some of the causes of dropping out of high school is because money issues in the household like a child having to help out his or her parents to pay the bills. another is teenage pregnancies.
    3. If i were to create a program in witch i could make classes in which i could try to prevent students from dropping out they would be like mentoring classes. in which a student can find out a wayi about preventing pregnancies. then maybe one in which someone would talk about how your life could be very different if you were to drop ou or stay in school. and maybe a class were its all about future planning.

    part III:
    1. I have learned in this weeks assignment that I need to prove people wrong about, not being able to have a high education because of where i live and go to school and the color of my skin or my ethnicity. i have also learned that there are a lot more dropouts in america than i thought. especially in low class communities.

  30. PART II
    It is inevitable that the amount of money you have determines what kind of education you receive. Schools that have a black majority 99.9% of the time receive a lesser education than that of white majority schools. Schools that have a “poor” community don’t have the materials the teachers or the tools so that they can succeed. The whole nation expects for less fortunate kids to fail. As the book “The Framework” basically states. Ruby Payne doesn’t understand jist of classism. The reason so many teens drop out is because they feel discouraged. Some times I feel like if I don’t have a lot of money I don’t get the same opportunities as someone who does so whats the point. But it is very rare for privileged kids to drop out of school because if you are raised with and around so many people with so much success why would you right? When you know that there are people out there the same age as you are and they’re no better than you but they get a way better education you think to yourself why do I even do this? I know this because I live it everyday.
    The way I would help lower the drop out rate would be to open a mentoring program. I would hire people that came from the bottom all the way to the top to mentor our youth. I would have the kids go on field trips to colleges and businesses to encourage them to see what they could have in life.

  31. ” When I find myself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect”. In a community of poverty we don’t usually do this. We try to do what everyone else does to fit in. It’s hard to change things when everyone else is doing the same thing. Poverty class is broken down in Ruby Payne’s Framework by Gorski. Kids that go to poverty schools don’t get the same type of education as people in a higher class. The teachers say that they are qualified but we don’t know if they are telling the truth. The people of higher ground won’t look because they aren’t worried about us. They want us to fail because they need us to do the low paying jobs. “The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children.. who come from families with poorer economic backgrounds.. are being given an opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged families.” Children that live in poverty have a lot to worry about each day. The don’t know if there’s going to be food at the table, if they are going to see their parents, or if they are going to get hit. There are many children that are mistreated by their parents. The majority of these kids come from single parents and low incomes. Sometimes both parents are needed to raised kids. Most of the poverty comes from Hispanic and African Americans. Everyone looks at them and think negative because they have high crime rates. The main causes for poor education for poverty kids is the lack of income, the family structure, and parental teachings.

    2. I think that a lot of kids drop out because of lack in parental education. In many cases, children don’t have a lot of family time with their parents. There are many parents that don’t even check for their kids’ grades. There are a lot children that have a whole bunch of freedom. They should have restrictions because later on it’s going to be hard to control them. It is very important to keep an eye on your child and show that you care about his actions and support him or her. Many kids drop out because their parents don’t seem to pay attention to them. The main causes for drop outs is lack of money and parental education and guidelines.

    3. I would be glad to design a program to help children out. I would invite all the children from the school to make sure no one is left behind. There would be the newest learning technology to keep kids up to date and to show them that they can also get the best. I would have tutors to help children catch up if they are behind and counselors to give them advice. All you have to do is give poverty children an opportunity, support, and guide them through the passage.

    4. http://www.ed.gov/

  32. PART III
    From this assignment I have learned that there are people out there that are in way worse situations than me. I always learned how the rest of the world looks at less fortunate people. The final thing is that when things get tough the answer is not to quit but to work that much harder to make it through.

  33. 1. The character that i was touched by the most was Sparkle. Sparkle has the potential to accomplish anything she sets her mind to and knows that but unfortunately she goes another route. What touched me the most about her is that i know people who are/has been in her situation but even though they have many obstacles in their way, they strive to the top and motivate themselves to do even better. Sparkle and I have similar personal education goals because we both want to be successf in life. “Who come from families with poorer economic backgrounds are not being given an opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered from most privileged families”, basically what is said is that if you do not live the typical “American Dream” you will not receive the same education as others. Students are being held to certain statistics and more are non-supported. Remedial classes, more tutoring, parents get more involved and not only that, teachers too. The lessons that i learned are that most students are being held to a statistic to dropout and it motivated me to accomplish my goals and focus on my school.

  34. Part 3

    From this assignment, I have learned that I come from a poverty community. I never thought we looked down so low and expected to no do well. I thought that the teachers the teachers I had were really great. Now I start to wonder if they are really qualified for the job. I have learned that not everything from the books is true and that the education that we are getting is very low. The rich people expects to go work for their companies. I’m very fortunate to have a place to stay at and free education. I have to take advantage of these things because not everyone has them. I want to prove the rich people wrong by graduating and having my own business. I need to get out of here in order to succeed. You can always help your community afterwards but you can’t stay in it because it will bring you down.

  35. Part I:
    1. My favorite character would have to be Lawrence. His story wasn’t the most tragic, but you could see the struggle he was going through. The fact that he at least tried to graduate high school after he didn’t pass the first time is astounding. Many people wouldn’t even dream of still going to school as a senior at the age of 19. The trials and tribulations that he must push through is enough to make anyone dropout. He battles his anger throughout the whole expose. He moved away from the gang/drug life style which shows he wanted to improve himself. Like most young individuals, his mother meant everything to him. He was completely vulnerable when she almost went to jail once more. His troubles never seemed to end, but he kept trying. The thing that touched me the most was that even though he was so determined to graduate, he dropped out in the end. I actually believed that he was going to be the one to graduate. Unfortunately, despite his efforts, he failed his ultimate goal, and that was heartbreaking.
    2. Lawrence and I are alike in two aspects. The most important one would be that we both let our emotions get the better of us. Even though his is anger and mine is sensitivity, letting one’s emotions control them is highly dangerous. One fails to think straight when they are under emotional influence. The other aspect is the fact that we are both determined when it comes to something we aspire. He wanted to graduate high school, and I want to become the successful person that I know I will become. The similarities cease here because I refuse to give up the lifestyle that I currently envision for myself. A great mind once said, “Goals that you set, but do not act upon, are as worthless as not having goals at all.” Lawrence knew his goals and failed to achieve them, but I can and will achieve greatness.

    Part II:
    1. As Gorski stated many times throughout the text, classism is the downfall of our education system. He affirmed that, “[We] blame poverty on what are actually outcomes of and not reasons for poverty.” This is undeniably true. One never seeks the greater meaning of things, and instead, scratch the surface of the situation. The saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is a perfect example of what society does. One always sets the blame on what others do, but never looks in the mirror to view his or her own faults. Gorski states, “A genuine framework for understanding poverty prepares us to be change agents, and not, like Payne’s framework, to maintain the status quo.” One cannot make a difference by doing what the majority does. They must follow the actions and views of the minority to improve the views of the majority. Race is just another aspect of inequality of education. The vast minorities have statistics to outlive, but how can one succeed in this when the chance is never given? Women weren’t allowed to vote because of their gender. African Americans were banned from the polls because of the color of their skin. One race cannot speak for all. Education must realize these aspects or it will ultimately fail to serve its purpose.
    2. The underlying causes for the nation’s high dropout rate would include the environment, personal situations, and the opportunities some scholars are offered. Some schools are unsafe and don’t give its students the resources to thrive. One can never know what goes on in the life of others or how it affects the person’s behavior. One can lash out due to harsh conditions at home. The lack of opportunities that many school systems face is another issue. Some students could need additional assistance, but the said school doesn’t offer it. This then leads to failing grades and retention. All of these factors can lead to an individual’s decision to drop out.
    3. The program that I would create to decrease the number of drop outs would be called Student Assistance and Awareness (SAA). This program would identify students that struggle and are on the verge of dropping out to stay in school and finish what they started. It would possess study groups, tutoring sessions, various activities, and focus on the needs of these said students. A class would be offered during the regular school day so that the students who are unable to stay after school would still be a part of it. It would range on topics of the core classes to real world situations that will help the scholars in the long run. This would help because the students would get extra help on the subjects they struggle with so that they don’t get discouraged and drop out. Also, it will help with personal situations at home. The light at the end of the tunnel could be obscured by things that happen when school is not in session. Support would be mandatory for all the instructors at the high school so that students can see that they are not alone. Resources would include a website, SAA hotline, and the class. The first two resources are vital for when school is not in session and the teens have nowhere to go. As stated earlier, the class is just active way to make sure students’ issues are being addressed and try to be resolved.
    4. http://www.nea.org/home/DropoutPrevention.html
    Part III:
    1. I learned that Forest Park High School possesses some of the characteristics of a high-poverty school. Poverty is viewed as what the outcomes are and not what the causes are. Education is set on teaching those in poverty the rules and regulations of the middle class instead of eliminating classism as a whole. Individuals dropout of high school because of the issues they face while they aren’t in school. One can never know what goes on with a person just by looking at them. Our generation is struggling, and the only way we can resolve it is to break the barrier classism presents and go beneath the surface to ensure success for the youth.

  36. Part 1:
    1. The life of Marco was the one that impacted me the most. Even though his father was deported and his mother on the edge of deportation, Marco never gave up. He dropped out for a whole semester; however, decided to come back and graduate to make his mother proud. He struggled throughout his senior year with a 40-hour-per-week job at a grocery store but the obstacles he faced never stopped him from graduating.
    2. Marco’s story resembles me in different ways. To begin, we both come from a Hispanic background and an immigrant family. Marco was very unfortunate for having his father deported but that didn’t stop him. He always strives to make his mother proud and become the role model for his little sister. On the other hand, I am very fortunate of having my parents with me and having the support I need for being successful. The struggle of having a 40 hour per week and being able to graduate like Marco did was impressive. The struggle I faced in high school were minor, however, everyone always has obstacles to overcome in order to be successful in life. The money I make working in mechanic, construction, or cleaning I use it to buy anything I want rather than having it to buy the things I NEED.

    1. Poverty plays a major role in the education system. The most disadvantage children attend schools that do not have basic facilities and conditions conducive to providing them with quality education. The reality is that when a student goes to a high poverty school they usually have a different education than a student at a high class school. This happens because students are less focus on school due to many challenges faced outside of school. The system doesn’t also allow students to receive a quality education as the “Savage Unrealities: Uncovering Classism in Ruby Payne’s Framework,” stated. Race also has a big impact on education since many minorities are still being categorized by many schools. It’s not displayed as much but still plays a big role. On the other hand, low class students don’t receive an equal education as high class would. According to Payne, people in poverty or low class are “unmotivated addicts.” In conclusion, gender is not a big factor of education as it were back then when men and women didn’t have the same rights. “ The evidence…. proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children… who come from families with poorer economic backgrounds… are not being given the opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from privileged families.”
    2. In my opinion, the underlying cause for the nation’s high dropout rate is support. Many people believe that it takes yourself to be successful but I personally think you need someone to push you. When there is more family support, there is more motivation. When there are people who support you, you work at 200% just to make them proud and demonstrate the potential you have. The effort a family, parent, sibling, or anyone puts on a student’s educational life highly determines what their future will look like. If no one is there supporting a student during high school, those are the moments where bad decisions start taking place.
    3. The program created in order to resolve this issue would be Support Class. The school counselors will have to meet with students for 3 days a week and with parent 1 day a week. Parent would be able to have a better understanding of the student’s learning environment and his/her progress. The support class will help many students who need someone to speak or someone to be there in order for them to feel motivated. I think it’s a good way to demonstrate to anyone that someone is always there and they care about your education.
    4. http://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/dropouts/

    Part 3:
    1. The lesson I learned after completing this assignment is to always keep my personal standards high, no matter what my surrounding standards are. The race, ethnicity, gender, etc. will not define what one can do in the future but your mentality and motivation will. Simply because people come from a high poverty school does not mean they are not capable of doing what they strive for. In conclusion, the only thing that defines, determines, and identifies my future is I.

  37. When it becomes to choosing a favorite character i have choose Marco. The reasons why i chose Marco was because what he goes through is something so unfortunate that we could never understand what its like unless we experience it. Sometimes we believe that our life is difficult but thats because we do not know the story behind maybe the person we pass by. Out there may be so many that are struggling way more than we think we do to become someone in life. Marco impacted me because he didnt care to kill himself in order to improve his family life style. He never gave up he accomplished his goal even though he struggled so much to do it.
    2. Marco became my favorite character also because he reminds me of some of my friends and of me as well. Having a job and school is not easy at all. Us as teenagers should not have to focus on anything else than school but this is where social class gets involve. Some of us come from a family of low financial stability and have to struggle our way out to come out of it. I understand Marco because i KNOW the feeling of losing a parent i know the feeling of having to work after school to support your family i understand it very well but i also admire Marco because his situation was a lot worst than mine and he still manage to graduate. When your stomach hurts from doing sit ups when trying of loosing weight you know results will come out from that burning. Sometimes even though we dont want to burn we must in order to see results life is not easy no body ever said it was but Marco showed me in this video that even in the most difficult tiring moments we must never give up because results will come and the prize is what matters.
    PART II>
    As part of a high-poverty school system i understand what its like to struggle to succeed, what its like to be seem different from a rich person. All this unequal class system its what is causing people to become the way they are, looking at others with less economically stability like if we choose where we are at. Are children with a high economic background being treated in school differently? Of course! Individuals may say that the opportunities given to those with high budgets and low incomes are the same are totally lying! A school in Sandy springs has better Education than A public school in East point because the opportunities, educators and budgets are unequally received. In the publication of Savage Unrealities the statement states a reality that we see in our own life “The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…who come
    from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given an
    opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged
    families” the education is not being given fair to those whos budget falls around the 18 thousand or less a year. Since when have Public School system convert to a budget school system? In other words no money no good education, this leads to the poor gets poorer the rich gets richer! Most of the individuals that are not given the right education and treat come from a background race of African American and Hispanics and a low income family. You do not see a students in a Beverly hills high school sharing books with others in a class because they do not have enough for them. Along with this drop out ratings are highers in a high-poverty school why? Because the opportunities and situations are different! A rich students will not focus on anything but school, a poor student will add more stress and distractions to his life by giving more importance to issues like where to acquire the money make the electricity bill payment because his family does not have the resources to pay it. Technology and educators also play a big roll in why high poverty schools are treated differently. From my experience I’ve had educators who had not care bout me or teaching me to succeed, i believe that educators in high poverty schools should not only be train to teach but also to improve children life. Just like the statement in framework says “but never recommends anticlassism training for educators” this refers that teachers in this schools look at students also depending how rich they are. If we are at a higher level of poorness we are looked like the reasons are ” laziness, lack of effort, and low
    ability” While “the most important factors related to poverty, while structural reasons such as
    unemployment and discrimination are typically viewed as less important” Also “It is
    only logical, then, that most educators, who are primarily middle class, have internalized these attitudes” . Americas education system will not improve is schools are kept being separated by social classes not by intellectuality.
    2. Drop outs, something that is becoming more common every day. Not only do 7,000 teenagers dropout every year but also they become less likely to succeed! Why? Why is this happening? How we end up at this rate? well in my opinion Adults, Educators, Counselors are not pushing students up as people if not only as students. What do i mean by that well every teen has a different background, different economic stability, different problems. teachers do not get to know students as they should if they care so much about us why they dont start by getting to know us. Just like in Drop out nation that Educator even took a student into her house to get him to school we should have adults in schools that truly care bout us. Im not saying take us to you alls homes but get to know us, our problems, become family to us. Sometimes students do no only have the responsibility of students but also of adults that need to support families. Education is the number one key to success SHOW us how to strike it, how to manage our times our money our life. Educators hold the responsibility of future leaders, if we do not make someone out of this generation our world will fail. Social classes will divide even worst and the future will be a chaos. Drop outs happen everyday more and more because the way high poor class is looked at is as someone who will never succeed because they are poor and thats what is happening. Poverty is making students not care bout school and find a way to make money and come out of poverty. In my opinion drop outs occur most likely because of economic issues.
    3. If i could create a avoid and reduce the amount of drop outs in the nation i would create a program where first of all help is given by individuals to get know students. Adults to acquire small group of students and help them create better choices and help them as mentors or psychologically. Implement classes that will teach them the course at how the world will economically will change, classes where they will learn how to manage their money and also remediation classes in the subjects where they are having a hard time. I will try for companies to promote us to afford field trips to various places where they could see the different type of jobs there is in the world but not ordinary jobs exciting jobs that require college degrees so it can motivate them to graduate and become a professional in whatever career may catch their eyes. Also i would have sessions, competitions, campings, break the ice games that would make them get to know each other because see sometimes we as teens are afraid to open up to adults because we think we may get in trouble so we find comfort on other friends so this sessions will help them make friends that maybe are going through the same situation and can help them get through it.
    4. My links of resources of Drop out preventions are : http://www.choices.org/documents/PrivateDonors.pdf

    Lessons, something we learn everyday. Well my lesson after this week assignment is that life is hard but should really thank God for what we have. Sometimes others will strive for success even if they go through really hard and depressing moments, we are on our way to graduation and most of the things i have learned are crap compare to the world. I have open my eyes and seen that social class plays a big roll in society and that because we come from a high poverty school we should work harder to prove wrong to those who believe that we are lazy that is not like that. We need to appreciate what we got and desire for the best, that it does not matter what it takes we need to accomplish whatever it takes for us to succeed. If we are not receiving the help we need we shall seek it and we will find it. We in this society shall need to be smart and hard workers, nothing comes in hand and it doesnt matter where we come from if not where we will end up at the end, if we will remain in the same place or advance to success. We need to take advantage of every little help we receive mostly because our society is trying to detain that from happening from us accomplishing our goals from us stop being poor.

  38. part II This document stated by Gorski made me look at things in a new light. Throughout Gorski’s work he showed how middle class people judge lower class people and think differently from them also. As we watched Payne’s failures in addressing systematic classism it showed me and let me know that helping someone will probably help the person loose its pressure of dropping out and staying in school because they know someone is there to help. Sadly poverty will always be the case unless we realize actual issue and then do something intelligent about it. I personally feel though the escalation of dropouts is because the support and helpful system that they need isn’t there, and some teachers don’t really don’t care either. If I was able to make a powerful educational system I would set up a place to give people who dropped out of school or people who just never had that chance can get one I would also, put caring counselors in that program to help them with issues in school and out.

  39. part III
    In completing this assignment I learned that the people who are trying to help you and show you that they care might know a little bit more than what you know but are still learning and being taught everyday. I also picked up that neither the student or the administrator or what have you knows how to listen and take heed to a situation and that’s going to be something that they’re going to have to learn. Because everyone is learning something everyday and the kids don’t know and understand the hidden rules that means that you can’t punish a child based on what they don’t know .

  40. Part 1
    1) After watching this documentary, Marco by far stood out the most to me. He faced a number of factors that if considered would seem impossible to overcome. The deportation of his father alone must have been devastating but the thought of losing both of his parental figures is indescribable. Although Marco dealt with a number of problems he had enough discipline to not get caught up in the wrong things. On the other hand he returned to school and graduated. That action alone was extremely wowing to me.

    2) Marco and I both come from Hispanic families. Our cultural views are similar in the way that we both strive to be someone in life and make our parents proud. However, we have many more differences. Both of my parents are legal and stable. They are my guides and push me towards a brighter future. Just the thought of not having either of them is unbearable. That is why I praise Marco for being able to rise above that difficulty. Due to the fact that my parents both have decent jobs I am not obligated to work. I did work for a while, but the difference between Marco and I was that I only worked to satisfy my wants. Not to mention my job was on the weekends not thirty to forty hours a week. I am sure Marco did not have a choice. After losing his father’s economic support, his input was more than needed. While I was at home stressing over my next test Marco was at work worrying about the months payments. Marcos story open my eyes and made realize how fortunate I am to be in the position I am today.

    Part 2
    1) In Americas educational system poverty, race, class, and gender are all factors that hinder our educational progress. To initiate poverty is defined as a state of living from which a large number of our population comes from. As stated in Gorski’s text “The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…that come from families with poorer economic background… are not being given an opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged families. The obvious cause of this inequality lies in the finding that the most disadvantaged children attend schools that do not have basic facilities and conditions conducive to providing them with a quality education.” I totally agree with that statement. Children that come from high poverty communities are surrounded by poverty everywhere they go. It is sad to admit but this is true. I attend a high poverty school where our resources are limited. Teachers do not have enough books to pass out to each students nor enough desk to seat the students. As broad as this subject can get I come to a conclusion that ties along with the next topic. Why are high poverty schools restricted? Let’s analyze the students that attend these schools. Majority are minorities. Due to statistics and stereotypes minorities are known to settle for less or fail. Is this why we have fewer books than the wealthy schools? Because eventually we will dropout and the money invested will go to waste? Needless to say minorities do not show a sense of fulfillment because our outlet is always the bad one. There is always an easy way out. Why provide high notch technology and expensive supplies if high poverty schools will not even utilize them. Society is so set on that philosophy that high poverty schools are not, if ever, be allowed an education half or equal of what a low poverty student receives. Class in our educational system only creates a sense of competition. In schools, whether high or low poverty the population is always striving to be better than another; simply because of their generational backgrounds and standard of living. You can never be equivalent to a middle class student if you live in the projects. Materialism can play a huge role also. Now a day children in poverty focus on dressing in more expensive brands than one other while in lower poverty conditions students are compete ting for a higher GPA. This all connects to the difference between classes and their main focus. When considering a woman and a man, gender is typically dominated by the man. This has been written in stone since day one and will always be considered. A change is yet to be made but where exactly do we start.
    2) In my opinion some of the underlying causes for our dropout rate are the lack of parental support and structure. Both of these components are key to perform in a positive manner. Everyone needs a guidance to lead them in the correct path as well as to provide a sense of care and reliability. If someone is not there students do not have a reason to care. Nor do they feel a need to abide by any rules or regulations. If you know someone expects certain things from you, you work to accomplish and meet those standards. Disappointing someone is the worse feeling and I say that from experience. If I did not have the support from all of the people that look after me I do not know if I would care as much as I do or work as hard as I do to be a better person.

    3) If I could create a program that would reduce or end this controversy it would be an after-school Home Center. This would consist of teachers that seek the best for their students. They would provide from as much as parental support to educational tutoring and life advisory. These teachers would go outside of the classroom to find the best fit for the student. I think this would only endorse our students into trusting the authority in their surroundings as well as having a reason to continue working. I feel like a lot of our populations lacks a parental figure and this program will provide them with one.

    4) http://www.dropoutprevention.org/effective-strategies

    Part 3
    1) From this assignment I have learned that I am fortunate to be the person I am today. I will not let the standard of school or education I receive now determine the next steps in my life. I am capable of anything and simply because I come from a high poverty school does not mean that will be the environment I will live in for the rest of my life. Brokeness stops here!!

  41. 1. My favorite character was Sparkle. She was 17 in the 10th grade. I related to her the most because my mother had me at a young age and she went through the same thing. My mother is still in college furthering her education. I understand the struggle of not having no idea where you’re going to lay your head at night and etc. I really applaud her cause she never gave up and I knew God was going to carry her through that.
    2. Sparkle really doesn’t relate to me but she relates to my mother despise the looks. The stories my mother tells me is a lot like Sparkles. My mother had me at 15 and was still in school. By the grace of God, my mother graduated. I notice that Sparkle had problems in class, she had been absent so many days that she missed out on information. I use to miss a lot of days in school and was always playing catch up.
    Part 2
    1. Poor economic backgrounds are not being given. An opportunity to learn equal to offered children from the most privileged families. The problem of class in schools isn’t that students in poverty don’t know the hidden rules of middle class. The connection between poverty and education lies in the understanding that the problem of class in school is not that students in poverty don’t know the hidden rules of the middle class. The problem is that many school policies and practices benefit middle class and wealthy students at the expense of students in poverty. “Poverty is caused by interrelated factors: parental employment status and earnings, family structure, and parental education” (2001, p. 12). In fact, parental employment status and education do not cause poverty. They reflect the impact of poverty (Rank, 2004).” In Gorski’s text regarding Ruby Payne’s Framework, it is emphasized that Payne does not fully uncover classism and poverty to the extent for understanding. A study from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) (2004) shows that high-poverty schools are more likely than low-poverty schools to have many teachers unlicensed in the subjects they teach, limited technology access, inadequate facilities, inoperative bathrooms, vermin infestation, insufficient materials, and multiple teacher vacancies.
    2. In my opinion, the drop out rate is so high because of the home that the kid is in. If you don’t have positive people pushing you and encouraging you, most likely you will give up. Negative homes can run a kid away from all things that are troubling them and school is one of them. Drop outs are really coming from the teachers. If you have a teacher giving up on you, you have no guidance or support. So most likely, if you have support you will go a long way in school.

  42. Part II
    1.)Poverty plays a big role in the American educational system aside from race. I believe class or gender could matter less, where you come from is the biggest thing that stands out why? “The evidence…proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…who come
    from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given an
    opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged
    families. The obvious cause of this inequality lies in the finding that the most
    disadvantaged children attend schools that do not have basic facilities and
    conditions conducive to providing them with a quality education”
    2.) In my opinion I believe that our main cause of our drop out rate is pregnancy
    3.) If I were to design a program to help resolve the issue I would design a CD where kids can take home and learn step by step things, where subjects can be broken down as easily as possible. why? because instead of asking a teacher over and over of how to do things, its easier for them to do it their self and watch it over and over until they understand.

  43. part III
    What lessons I’ve learned is that everyone has their own struggle and we have people that will go out their way to help us, and that would love to see us achieve our goal more than anything. We have to appreciate people like that because sometimes they are one in a million and they dont have to help you, they choose to.They choose to go through all the bull you put them through. Its either you endure the struggle or you sit there and never try at all. What I learned about the educational system is that it made me realize that I do come from poverty I go to a school that barely provides enough books for its students, and other kids are lucky to have the education that is provided for them.

  44. Part 1: After watching the documentary my favorite character was marcus. Marcus was faced with so many different stuggles and the only way he knew how to handle the pain was to be angry with everyone including the ones who tried to help him. He felt like school wasnt helpin ghim because outside the school he had so many other things to worry about. He burned alot of bridges but some people didnt give up in him even when he gave up on his self. 2. I can related to marcus because I often get angry at the things that are going on in my life. I have been through every part of the struggle but unlike marcus i am able to keep it and stay strong and not show my emotions. I know that when someone is trying to help that i need to show them the proper respect for going out of their way for me. Marcus was just disrespectful to everyone and people will only take so much disrespect then they will stop trying to help you. He didnt understand that so when he was angry he took it out on the wrong people. JJ Part2: Poverty, race, class, and gender all hinder our educational progess. A study from the national comission on teaching and america future shows that high-poverty schools are more likely to have unlicensed teachers in the subject they teach , limited technolgy access, inadequate facilities, inoperative bathrooms, insufficient material, and multiple teacher vacancies. This means that students that come from a low income families are not given the same proper educations as students who come from more fortunate families. Also student who live in poverty have to deal with the negativity that comes from their neighborhood. Its take a strong individual to ivercome all the stages of poverty and become successful. 2: In my opinion some of the reason students dropout are because of the problems they face at home, the struggle, their neighborhood, the pressure of have to grow up fast then usual and because they have no guidence. 3: If i could create my own organization to help student and to prevent drop outs I would call it high school graduation/ drop out prevention center. Selected student who live in poverty will be giving tutoring doing the week and a meal just in case they dont eat when they get home. Students will have access to technology and helpful resources. Each students homework will be checked daily to make sure they are on track. If students need to maje up classes we will provide them with the opportunity to do so. We will have counselors to support and comfort the students. Student will only be allowed to miss 5 days each month. Students will be hand selected from different school in neighborhoods of poverty. 4: http://www.dropoutprevetion.org http://www.ndpc-sd.org/ http://www.nea.org part3: I have learned that even though i may have issues at home i have to learn how to deal with them and no take it out on the wronf people. I learned that there is always help available but i must want help for myself. I learned that no matter how rough my situation is that there is somebody situation much worse then mine. I learn that we shouldnt judge people because we never know their situation outside of school. Alsi dropping out will only make your situation worse.

  45. PartI: My favorite character is Marco. He is really close to his mom like me. When his mom almost got deported he had to take over the household, work and try to stay on track in school. He had to become the man of the house because his dad got deported when he was young. I understand why it was hard for him to stay on track because i think it would be hard for me to stay on track too. Even with all his personal problems at home he still managed to come to school so he can try to stay on track to graduate.

    Part 2 : I can relate to Marco because we both are close with our families. Even though my parents have never got deported, or taken from me i can still feel for him

  46. Part one:
    1. After watching “Dropout Nation”, I felt like the character- Sparkle- stood out to me. Now you’re probably wondering why she stood out, this is because she seem to face the most adversity, I’m not saying that the other kids didn’t but her struggle seemed really “REAL” to me. It was a moment in the film that we discussed in class that stuck with my memory as well. This discussion was an elaboration- on our previous discussion of Ruby Payne’s “ A Framework of Understanding Poverty” and in this scene we examined an example of how the middle class teacher, whose rationings of Sparkles problems was her attendance to school- and that she could resolve her issues if she just showed up to school every day, but Sparkles reality was that her efforts to get school was not her top priority. Instead, finding herself a place to sleep and food to eat everyday was. Ms. Silveri further explained to us how this was a prime example of when middle class and generational poverty interactions usually occur, by on not understanding the others reality or reasoning for the behaviors and thought process. I have

    2. Sparkles story doesn’t exactly resemble my own, but it doesn’t altogether differ. I feel like I have similar struggles but in a different way. For example I am blessed that have a place to lay my head and food to put in my belly every day. However, I find myself having hardship with the whole college process in general not very many people have actually been to college and been successful, so therefore outside of the resources im receiving in school, I’m on my own with a lot of things. And majority of the time I have no idea whats the first, better yet the next step to take and that’s my sometimes scary reality!

    Part two:
    1. After reading Gorski’s text I have open my eyes to the understanding that Mrs. Payne actually wrote her piece about poverty very judgmental and one –sided. After Mr. Gorski examined her piece he revealed that she actually blames people who are in poverty for being less educated (stupid) for their situation, she also suggest the cures to this problem is to teach them the ways of middle class. But Gorski also goes on to reveal that Payne doesn’t even discuss the fact that children that go to school in a community that has more poverty than others the environment is on a whole different scale than that of one of less poverty. Everything is unfair the funding the student/teacher ratio even the funding to the two schools. This plays a big role in the process of the discussion of classism, which is more so the direction Payne’s discussion was in.

    2. The fact that classism is a big role in our educational system, to me plays a big part in the way certain students receive education. And this in a nutshell, many of the kids in the schools that receive less because of where its located (in a place of poverty) may feel like all hope is loss when they are in high school and can barely read on a 3rd grade level , and the just give up.

    3. I would start a program in my community library where kids can come after school hours and receive additional services with schoolwork. I see about 10 teachers helping with the program by volunteering their services, some of these teachers would come from the more heavily supported schools as well.

    4. Here a three links to some articles:
    The first is on the importance of edu. In relations to today’s economy
    next, is an article is to encourage my classmates that we are not statistics and we will graduate!
    the last, is an article I think is written in a the perspective of one of us and is a encourager that we are just around the corner guys!

    Part three:
    What “lessons” have you learned about yourself and about education in America by completing this week’s assignment?
    The lesson I have learned more about is that I truly am an over comer and no matter what life dishes at me its in my nature to overcome it and always come out with a lesson learned, in this the lesson I feel I learned is that I am going to graduate! Become a part of that “middle class” and provide better resources to my children so they can have even bigger accomplishments! “All is well!” and “Brokenness stops here!” -Silveri

  47. 1. Throughout my observations of this movie clip, my favorite character is Sparkle. She goes through so much outside of school that it affects her education tremendously. She has the potential and capability to do her school work but she isn’t motivated because she is worried about where she is going to sleep at night. She tries to survive on her own that is why she is unable to attend school.
    2. I can relate to Sparkle a lot because teachers have no idea what us students have to go through after school each day. It reminds me of when I lived at my friends house and I really didn’t have anyone looking over me so I kind of felt alone. I had to survive each day going through everything alone. Sparkle doesn’t think school is the main priority because she has to mainly focus on feeding herself and finding a place to sleep. The efforts of Sparkle’s teachers reminds me of when I use to skip school. My teachers would always get onto me and keep an eye out for me to make sure I was doing what I was suppose to do so I wouldn’t get in trouble. Sparkle is only 17 and she is going through a lot me than she can handle and I can understand that because growing up, I’ve been learning on my own just like Sparkle.
    1. “A study
    from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) (2004)
    shows that high-poverty schools are more likely than low-poverty schools to have many
    teachers unlicensed in the subjects they teach, limited technology access, inadequate
    facilities, inoperative bathrooms, vermin infestation, insufficient materials, and multiple
    teacher vacancies.” This proves that poverty places an huge role on our education. So does this mean the poor kids don’t get to learn like the rich kids? Yes it does. The rich kids have all kinds of cool little calculators and all the essential tools to make it through school everyday and having a great time. While on the other hand, the poor kids are struggling to even try and get an education. The poor kids could probably catch some airborne disease in the air caused by mold for all we know. In some cases, race is an issue. For instance, usually high poverty areas consists of many African Americans. But on the low poverty side, there consists of more whites than any other race. Gender doesn’t really affect the poverty rate at all.
    2. In my honest opinion, I believe the cause of high drop out rates are because kids aren’t finding school interesting or useful to them.
    3.My plan to help students to stay in school is to create a club after school. A club that most kids are actually interested in. Something that mostly everyone can relate too. A club where everyone can get together and help each other on whatever it is they need help on. The club will teach students how reality is and how to handle situations. This club would also help students get jobs so they can support themselves for the further future.
    4. http://www.dropoutprevention.org/
    1.What I’ve really understood that is school is really important in my life. I need to complete high school and further my education to college so my future can be bright with great promises. I’ve also learned that in America, without an education you won’t live a satisfied life style. No one wants someone that didn’t even finish high school. What I truly learned about myself is that I’m a lazy person but I’m a hard an passionate worker when it comes down to it.

  48. Part II
    1.)I feel that poverty plays a big role in the American educational system from race. I believe class or gender should not matter, or about where you come from. Why?, because “the evidence proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that children…who come
    from families with poorer economic backgrounds…are not being given an
    opportunity to learn that is equal to that offered children from the most privileged
    families. The obvious cause of this inequality lies in the finding that the most
    disadvantaged children attend schools that do not have basic facilities and
    conditions conducive to providing them with a quality education”
    2.) some reasons for dropout nation is I think that the problems they go through at home, dont have nowhere to lay their head at night, and most of all they dont have people in their family to encourage them and push them to make them want it.
    3.) If I could design a program for kids in a school, it would be a mentor for every student with they own personal mentor to discuss and talk their problems over and some up with a solution to decrease the drop out rate in high schools.
    PART 3:
    Completing this assignment I learned that nomatter where you come from or what you look like it should not depend on whether you get a good education or not.Everybody should be treated the same.Also never give up on a student because you never know what they go through in their life so it best for you to try to be patient.

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