Essay Reflections, Implications, And Conclusions
Going in to the high school, I was very intimidated. I am only nineteen, which is the age of some of the students in the high school to this day. It was a place that I had never been before, and there was no direction once I got there. I had no preparation for what was expected out of me in the classroom, and I was terribly afraid of helping students. I was put in every class irrelevant to my major. I was put in several math classes, history, current issues, economics, and geography classes. These classes not being English, I felt as though I did not belong.
As I spent more time with the students, I realized that the only reason that the majority show up to school everyday is because they are legally required to. They also constantly discussed their mandatory school attendance and how they would drop out if they could. There isn’t a lot from this class that was applicable to my observation hours at Dawson County High School. The most relevant topic would be social stratification. A very high percentage of students from Dawson County are living in poverty. Their parents work low-wage jobs and so do the students to help with household bills. The parents, if they even graduated, went straight to work out of high school. That is what is expected out of the students as well, and they aren’t afraid to admit that.
The insights I gained from watching the high school students interact with one another was it only takes a few to destroy…