Rhetorical Analysis: Charter Schools, A Reaction To The Failing Public Education System

The Truth About Charter Schools

Charter Schools: A Reaction To the Failing Public Education System 

Teachers, parents, and students all undoubtedly have an opinion on every aspect of the public education system; from school lunches and cell phone policies to providing bathrooms for transgendered students, there is always something to talk about. Currently a major for discussion about the public education system is charter schools. There are two schools of thought when it comes to charter schools, people love them and view them as the savior of the public education system or they are hated and considered the downfall of public education. When it comes to peoples personal opinions there are very few places for neutrality.  While in America everyone is entitled to their own personal opinion, often times opinions are developed about things such as charter schools without actually knowing the facts surrounding them. Psyche Pascual expresses through unbiased diction, comparisons to other public schools, and intentional debunking of common myths in the article The Truth About Charter Schools  that charter schools are more similar to traditional public schools then one would like to believe, and charter schools when viewed without bias hold the potential to be a good new method of approaching educational environments.  

Psyche Pascual, an author for greatschools.com, provides insight on what a charter school truly can be defined as and what the myths surrounding them are, informing the reader of the truth about charter schools.  Pascual explains,” They are independent entities that have received a charter, which is a set of self-written rules (and promises) about how the school will be structured and run. Essentially, they are able to organize a school that’s outside the control of the local school district but still funded by local, state, and federal tax money. This allows charter schools to create free public schools that don’t have to follow the same regulations as district schools. Sometimes this results in a very high-performing school, sometimes not.”. The article argues for a better understanding of charter schools without expressing that they are solely good or bad. However while Pascual reviews the facts of charter school unbiasedly, the article makes it clear that the benefits outweigh the challenges of charter schools. Charter schools are a new development and like any new thing there are problems that must be solved, but in theory charter schools are a very good addition to the public education system.  

Pascual is very intentional about ensuring that the article holds no negative or positive bias on charter schools. The author instead offers both pros and cons to charter schools, focusing on myths and misconceptions with the aim of providing clarity. Pascual uses bulleted lists and carefully backed reasoning to guide the readers toawrds a clearer understanding of charter schools. The article is written in a way that shows no bias to being either for or against charter schools and instead simply breaks down the facts surrounding them. Pascual’s unbiased writing provides creditability to the article, making it difficult to allow the figures to be twisted in a way that is unrepresentative of charter schools. By showing no biases in their writing Pascual has intentionally shown that there are some obvious upsides to charter schools that do not often come to mindPascual has expressed to the reader that the positives of charter schools outweigh the challenges and that criticism of these schools come from a lack of understanding. This again, is Pascual claiming that a better understanding of charter schools will ultimently result in allowing readers to understand why charter schools are actually a positive development.   

Pascual compares charter schools to other public schools, explaining that charter schools are not so unexplainably different from traditional public schools. Charter schools are a new development that are creating a change in the traditional education system. It is hard to create change without a group of people going against a cause, and charter schools gaining momentum and popularity is no different. Because charter schools get to run off of their own individual rules and regulations they have stronger school values. These values can different wildly from those of a typical public school. Enforcing values and rules on an individual bases allows schools to do what is best for them, even when it goes against what is traditionally good for the schools system. Charter schools allow more room for creating change that truly benefits the students in them. Pascual expresses that charter schools have more control over curriculum and get to include important things that traditional public school curriculum leave out. Pascual often points out that charter schools believe that they are simply a reaction to the failing education systems; charter schools are the result of teachers, parents, and student who want more control over the quality and content of education received. 

There are teachers, parents, and students who strongly disagree with charter schools. These people rely on twisted facts and figures and a mindset that all change is bad. Pascual intentionally debunks myths surrounding charter schools to show that the misconceptions about charter schools only exist because some people refuse to see the benefit of any system of education that is not solely government ran. By refusing to acknowledge that some students are going to learn better and have a better experience in charter schools people have gained this mindset that there is only one way to learn . Pascual proves this wrong by citing that when test scores are a topic of consideration, charter schools do just as well as traditional public schools. Charter schools if anything provide students with more opportunities to take control of their own education. This is another way of Pascual pointing out that charter schools are really just the new and improved version of typically public schools .  

This article provides solid facts and figures that tell a unbiased truth about charter schools, encouraging the reader to look at them from many perspectives instead of simply one. Charter schools are not private schools for the poor, the classes they offer allow for a lot more individuality in students, and charter schools are not schools for only the smartest of kids. These are myths encouraged only by teachers, parents, and students who are stuck in the mindset that there is only one way to approach education. Because Pascual carefully outlined facts in this article, it becomes hard for the reader to argue that charter schools are a negative addition to the public education system. Pascual urges that people begin to look at charter schools as they truly are and not how people claim for them to be. Charter schools are new positive development that are reactions of the currently failing public education system.

Do You Really Want To Be A Teacher?

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What It Means To Be A Teacher

Teaching is typically not considered as a valid career path, but instead is looked down upon as a hobby or an option for people without talent to pursue something better. However, teaching is the profession that all other professions are born from. A teacher once educated the greatest minds ever known; doctors, lawyers, and politicians would not be where they are today without the teachers working diligently to expand their minds. At teacher educated every single person who will read this.

The quote above ” A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” encapsulates an atypical outlook on teaching. Most people recognize other influences long before they do school teachers. Teachers do not get glory for their job and good teachers do not validate the greatness they are doing by asking for recognition. Teaching is being the invisible glue that holds society together.  It is doing everything required with limits and expectations seemingly out of reach, but doing it out of a love for children. Being a teacher means loving and believing in children.

Being A English Teacher In Louisville Kentucky:

In Louisville, Kentucky there are teacher shortages in almost every subject, English and English as a second language are two of of them. The goal of a Kentucky English teacher is to prepare students for college by teaching them to be good readers and writers. Communicative skills are important in order for teens to successfully transitions into college and careers.

Teaching Requires,

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Intellect.

Someone pursuing teaching should be knowledgeable in more then just the content area they teach. A high school English teacher should not only know about literature and grammar; they should have a variety of skills and experiences that can be used to reach individuals who may struggle and to help provide better examples in their teaching. Teachers need to be well versed and have basic understandings of the complex ideas in different subject areas.

This means that teachers also need life experience. Students will walk into classrooms from a variety of different backgrounds. It is important to understand or at least sympathize with every student and any struggles they may face that hinder their education.

The formal education requirements for teaching include:

  1. Completing a bachelors degree or other required prerequisite coursework.
  2. Completing a Kentucky approved teachers preparation program.
  3. Passing required exams for Kentucky.
  4. Submitting Kentucky teaching creditable application.

Teachers must meet a continuing education requirement , and can apply to become national board certified. Certifications for teachers are Rank 1 -new teacher, 2- 32 credit hours of continued education , and 3- 60 semesters of graduate credit .

clock   Patience. 

In Kentucky the average student/ teacher ratio is 1:25. This is a larger class size and because of that teachers must have patience. However, being patient with students does not mean exhibiting the poor classroom management skills that allows students to talk over teachers. While it is important to be patient with students and try your hardest to allow them to learn, it is good to remember that discipline is the only thing that will keep the students from controlling the classroom and ruining the potential education of students.

heart      Heart.

A good teacher loves children more then the subject matter. Teaching is a profession that is for those with large hearts. For some students teachers are their greatest motivators, other student just might need a little love and forgiveness from teachers. At the end of the day students and teachers need to hold a mutual respect for one another, and teachers need to be mature enough to love every student the same regardless of how well or poorly they do in the class. With this in mind, it is also important to consider that a teacher should never show favoritism to students or treat some better then others.

Job Outlook

Considering the nationwide teacher shortage finding a job is going to be relatively easy. Because more teachers are retiring then young people are entering the profession the job outlook for teaching and need for teachers is only growing. There is a expected 6% job growth in the next ten years.

The important thing to remember about the job outlook of teaching is that because fewer people want to do it, more teachers are underqualified and uninspired then ever. Your future colleagues might not being doing the job with the intentions of a good teacher and there will be people that are hard to work with because of that.

Salary and Benefits

The estimated median salary of a teacher is 57,200. However salary can range depending on what rank a teacher is and what certifications and qualifications they have. The more valuable to a school a teacher is the more they will be paid. While starting pay for this career is nothing glorious it is livable wage. Believe it or not, but the pay for teaching is not the hardest aspect of the career.

Some of the benefits a teacher may receive include:

  • Health Care Coverage
  • Summers off
  • Sick leave and Vacation Days

Mobility

Teachers are needed everywhere all the time. As long as a teacher has the required certifications and a job is available it is relatively easy to teach anywhere.