Monday, March 31, 2014


I learned that children are our future and need to be taken care of. Regardless of the neighborhood they are from or what race they are. They are all different and brilliant kids who want to be seen as equal no matter where they come from or what they have seen. If the effort is put in while they are young they will become great people who do the same for others. I gained perspective about my own education while growing up and noticed that while better off my school had some of the same problems as P.S. 30 and others. Such as not having enough learning materials for every student, and some teachers who do not hold there positions long. I had witnessed some hire up people in the education system that influenced my school. The big one I remember was the debate over a new track and football field but lose of teachers and learning materials.

I think all of the notes could stand out, because they allow you to see the numbers and other references that make it more than just a story about children. The one the stood out to me was note 215,216 on page 359. It states that New York spends $8,200.00 per pupil with special education at P.S. 30. While only $5,200 is spent on regular classroom students. The same year other schools spent $18,000.00 and $20,000.00 on the schools. It relates to the chapter with Benjamin who is swept under the rug and viewed as a problematic child. Though with more resources could have not been held back. Also the size of the classrooms and differences in money that the local Mott Haven schools get, which is much less than schools in wealthier neighborhoods.   

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