Violence is too prevalent in many of our urban neighborhoods, and although school is frequently the safest place for a young person to be, disruptive implications can spill over into classrooms and hallways. Gunshot wounds are one of the leading causes of death among high school students in the United States, and 15% of all students report the presence of gangs in their schools. Moreover, 44% of all teachers report that student misconduct interferes substantially with their teaching. While the situation in some schools and neighborhoods is more serious than in others, creating a safe, disciplined learning environment is a challenge and a priority for all.
Schools are busy places this time of year. It is easy for the last few weeks to slip away without taking a moment to reflect back and celebrate the year's successes and innovations. On May 7, we brought together teachers, administrators and students from our Carson Partnership Schools Network, to take that pause to celebrate and share. Tuesday's celebration was at the GRAMMY museum and included a special performance with Charles Holt and Gerald Rivers in "Martin & Music."
Number two pencils out please! First question: How much does a good teacher matter?
A) A lot—students assigned to highly effective teachers achieve better life outcomes
B) Somewhat, but class size is more significant than teacher quality
C) Not that much—student socioeconomic status trumps all other variables
Topics: Urban Education
Urban schools are often villified for unacceptable results while simultaneously being freighted with responsibility to ameliorate all the ills and ails of societal neglect in just north of 6 hours a day and 180 days a year. However, the problems and issues confronting urban schools are typically manifestations of larger societal problems related to social inequality, racism, and the deterioration of resource-deprived urban areas across the world.