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

Palace secure Premier League promotion

first_imgKevin Phillips grabbed the golden goal to fire Crystal Palace into the Barclays Premier League and end his play-off final hoodoo with an extra-time 1-0 victory. The Championship’s player of the year Matej Vydra endured a miserable first half and limped off at half-time. Instead it was Wilfried Zaha who caught the eye throughout, and he lured Marco Cassetti into the clumsy lunge which ultimately settled the match in the 104th minute. Zaha created Palace’s only chance of the first half with a scintillating run down the right, leaving Nathaniel Chalobah and Cassetti chasing shadows before pulling the ball back to Owen Garvan, whose shot was blocked. Troy Deeney crossed to no-one when he should have shot, before Vydra was denied by a superb last-ditch tackle from Damien Delaney on the edge of the area. Injuries did not help the flow of the game either – Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi succumbed to a calf problem early on and Vydra spent most of the first half limping around before failing to emerge for the second. It took almost an hour for the first shot on target to be registered, and Alex Geijo’s grass-cutter did not pose Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni any problems. Palace did create a clear opening moments later but unfortunately it fell to Aaron Wilbraham. The striker did not look confident as he bore down on goal and, having opted to turn back inside rather than shoot early, the opportunity disappeared. Zaha went on another mazy run before playing in Stuart O’Keefe, whose shot was saved by Manuel Almunia. The former Arsenal stopper, having spent the first half as a virtual spectator, was now keeping his side in the match with fine saves from Garvan, Wilbraham and Mile Jedinak. The breakthrough came when Cassetti, by now dizzy having been twisted and turned by Zaha yet again, brought the winger down in the area. Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot and Phillips crashed the penalty high into the net. The drama did not end there with Joel Ward clearing Fernando Forestieri’s shot off the line in stoppage time. But it was Zaha, Phillips and Palace manager Ian Holloway who were celebrating moments later as the Eagles secured their return to the top flight after an eight-year absence. The striker, who turns 40 in the summer, kept his nerve to blast in a penalty and dash his former club Watford’s dreams of promotion. It was a special moment for Phillips, who had lost all three of his previous play-off finals. It was special too for Palace chairman Steve Parish and his co-owners, who saved the club from going bust three years ago and can now look forward to a windfall in the region of £120million. Those high stakes seemed to overwhelm Watford, whose key performers this season simply did not show up at Wembley. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Red Sox End Mets’ Streak, 6-4

first_imgNEW YORK — If this had been a playoff game, New York Mets Manger Terry Collins would have let Matt Harvey pitch one more inning. But it wasn’t, so he took his ace out after the sixth.Harvey, throwing for the first time in 11 days after the NL East leaders skipped his turn in an effort to manage his innings, blanked Boston on two singles and struck out eight Aug. 28.Too bad for Harvey, he needed 103 pitches to go that far. And he could only watch after that as the Red Sox 6-4 in 10 innings, ending the Mets’ seven-game winning streak.“He wanted to throw another inning,” Collins said. “I said we can’t do it, that’s why we gave you time off.”Harvey exited with a 2-0 lead. “In my mind, in a close ballgame like that, I feel like I need to be out there for the seventh and eighth inning,” Harvey said. “Unfortunately, I just couldn’t quite keep the pitch count down.”Collins then turned the game over to his tired bullpen, which was unable to protect the two-run lead and then completely fell apart in extra innings.Red Sox rookie Blake Swihart led off the 10th with an inside-the-park home run. Boston, visiting the Mets for the first time since 2001, scored three times in the 10th.Swihart led off with a drive that appeared to clear the center field wall and bounce back into play, but the ball was ruled in play.There was no indication from the umpires that it was a home run, and the ball caromed back past center fielder Juan Lagares.“I don’t think he planned on an inside-the-park home run,” Boston interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “But we run hard until our base coaches stop our guys and he did exactly what he was supposed to do.”Lovullo indicated that the team planned on having the play reviewed if Swihart had not crossed the plate.The Mets rallied in the bottom half when reliever Junichi Tazawa walked four straight batters with two outs to force home a run. Craig Breslow replaced Tazawa and retired Yoenis Cespedes with the bases loaded on a fly ball for his first save.Tommy Layne (1-1) got the win. Carlos Torres (5-6) took the loss.“My job is to go out there and get outs,” Torres said. “I didn’t do that today, and that’s all that really matters at the end of the day.”Josh Rutledge added a sacrifice fly and Xander Bogaerts had an RBI double later in the 10th.After Harvey came out of the game, Collins turned to Logan Verrett.Verrett made the spot start in Colorado in Harvey’s turn in the rotation. He was successful in the start but was not as sharp this time.David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered off Verrett in a three-run seventh.Travis d’Arnaud and Michael Cuddyer each had RBI singles for New York, which had scored 73 runs during its winning streak — a team record for a seven-game span.Mets captain David Wright went 2-for-5 in his first game at Citi Field since April. He returned from a long stint on the disabled list earlier in the week during a sweep in Philadelphia.The crowd gave Wright a standing ovation when he came to bat for the first time. Boston rookie Henry Owens gave up one earned run in five innings.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more