Hidden Classroom Reflection Essay

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The achievement gap has been a continuous issue for some time now, meaning every student isn’t receiving the same kind of education as one another. Many parents have tried hard to get their child the best quality of education money can but them, but it is not always guaranteed. The “hidden curriculum”, quality of educators, and charter schools are the ones to blame. Many would assume that every school is alike and teach the same curriculum, but Jean Anyon has proved otherwise. In ‘Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work’, Anyon went to different socially ranking schools such as the “working class” school and even as high as “executive elite”. Throughout her study, she concluded that each social class received a different quality …show more content…
Educators are the guide to a student’s readiness into the real world and their future. With under-qualified teachers, they can harshly dent student success, which then affects the course of their future. From my personal experience, my high school English teacher, who I had for 3 years, is the one to blame for me lacking behind in my English skills. He was indeed under- qualified and his curriculum needed much improvement. On a regular day, he would briefly talk about some grammar points, then tell us to work on some worksheets and read out of the textbook for the remaining hour of class. When it came time to write essays, he didn’t break down the essay writing process nor would he discuss the topic of our essay. As a result, I was unable to write coherent essays and I’m now remedial English classes so I can catch back up. According to Education Trust, there is a large amount of educators who are not qualified in the subject they teach, as they did not do much research into it during their college career. With teachers who are unfamiliar with their own subjects, how are children supposed to learn from them? And to top it off, Sabrina Tavernise reports that poor families are much more likely to receive these under-qualified teachers since they are not “priveliged enough” to receive a prosperous education like affluent families do. During a study from 1960 to 2008, poor …show more content…
According to CQ press, charters schools all vary from one another. Some charter students will receive a great education while others don’t. They are also often times strict on who they allow in, while some are only focused on profit. When it comes to the charter school enrollment process, there are standardized tests to be taken and the results are carefully examined by the school. If a student didn’t perform well on a test and has poor grades, The charter school denies them access and only enroll top performing students, which then gives the illusion that they’re “outperforming”. To make matters worse, they also decline disabled students and will and steer them away towards other schools with more special education programs since they’re more expensive to educate. Often times when a student does end up being accepted, the education they will receive will not be any better than that of a public school. The for-profit schools, that many students end up in, also don’t care about student success. One charter schoolteacher reported that during her teaching career, the school would have many teacher parties and refused to buy basic classroom supplies even though they made much money off of tuition alone and student success continued to struggle even more. However, Ohio

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