College explores school inequality

first_imgMcKenna said in order to make a change, more people need to care about the effects of poverty. A poor family lives on an income of $22,000 a year, she said. “There are 73 million children under the age of 17 in this country. Forty-one percent live in low-income families and 19 percent live in poor families,” McKenna said. “Part of that accountability means that we have to bring students up to their level in one or two year,” she said.”This allows for teachers to be able to teach the children in different ways.” “Educational inequality is not something that a small group of people can change. You need to tell other people and create a large group, and that will lead to real change,” Critchlow said. “Many of our students have issues with nutrition and health care. They have never seen a dentist. They have never had their eyes checked. They have never been taught about nutrition,” Jacobson-Reighter said. “This is because their parents do not have the means to provide these things.” Yolanda Turner-Smith, president of Xavier School of Excellence in South Bend, spoke about charter schools. Turner-Smith said many of the children who attend charter schools are not at their appropriate grade level. There are many children who are in the fifth grade but may be reading at a third grade level, she said. She also said charter schools have smaller class sizes and are funded by tax dollars. If a charter school is forced to close, it is usually due to financial issues, she said.Nancy Jacobson-Reighter, of the Coquillard Primary Center in South Bend, said Title I schools are government funded, which leads to an unequal distribution of funds between the schools. For students suffering from poverty, it affects every aspect of that student’s life, she said.center_img South Bend school representatives, from an elementary to university level, discussed how inequalities in education negatively affect students in a lecture at Saint Mary’s College Monday night. The lecture, titled “Equality and Education: The Faces and Facts,” began with Notre Dame professor Maria McKenna, who spoke about the problems of poverty and the education system in the United States today. “Charter schools in Indiana, as defined by the law, need to be unique, different and have high accountability,” Turner-Smith said. “This allows teachers to use different methods to reach children and teach them in different ways that they can understand.” “Three out of five kids are living in conditions where their food is not secure from day to day, their housing is questionable and positive interactions in their neighborhoods do not exist,” McKenna said. “I think the future of this country rides on the fact that we need to care enough about the child and their education for them to become productive citizens. But we are failing at that. Even though there are many people out there trying very hard to not fail, we are,” McKenna said. The event was sponsored by the Justice Education Department, the College Academy of Tutoring Program and The Katharine Terry Dooley Fund in Peace and Justice. Olivia Critchlow, assistant director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement, said there is a need to inform other people about these inequalities, and students can fill that need.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s ice hockey defeats Oswego State, avenges prior loss

first_img Published on November 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm The last time Syracuse men’s ice hockey went up 2-1 against Oswego State, the Orange let up two goals in the final two periods to end with a disappointing one-goal loss.The Orange (9-6) got its revenge against the rival Lakers (6-6) on Sunday, holding on for a 2-1 win despite a last-minute push by the Lakers to try and tie the game.SU senior goalie Austin Lefkowicz helped keep OSU scoreless in the first two periods as goals by senior forward Joseph Hockler and junior forward JR LaPointe gave the Orange a 2-0 lead for much of the game.“The guys just played really well in front of me,” Lefkowicz said. “They kept the shots out wide and played the guys out in front so I was able to see everything. So they weren’t able to get too many shots on me in the first two periods.”While Lefkowicz faced little offensive pressure from the Lakers for most of the game, OSU stepped up late in the third period to make the score 2-1 with 1:20 left to go.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA late penalty on the Orange put it at a disadvantage for the final minute, one that Oswego State attempted to capitalize on by pulling its goalie for an extra threat against the SU defense. Despite being at a numbers disadvantage, SU held on.“I know that the boys got me,” Lefkowicz said of that late-game push by OSU. “I know that they’ll clear everyone out and let me see the puck. As long as they do that, then I got nothing to worry about.”The matchup was marked by the aggressive style of play that the Orange has tried to make its trademark this season. The post-whistle physicality came to a head midway through the third period after a four-player collision led to three Orange players entering the penalty box.“Oswego’s always a rival of ours, but our game plan is usually to grind and get in the dirty areas,” said junior forward and captain Nino DiPasquale. “We did a great job of doing that and it caused some turnovers which led to some good goals.”The Orange will get a week of rest before its most hyped game of the season so far, Friday’s Carrier Dome matchup against West Virginia. For now, Syracuse hopes to build upon the momentum of the past few games into the second half of the season.“It’s certainly a positive thing for us here,” LaPointe said. “We’re having a little bit of trouble as of late and along with (Saturday) night, (a 7-0 win against Binghamton), I think it’s going to give us some positive momentum going into the weekend against West Virginia.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more