Kathleen Tiet, Blog 3


“Connecting the Dots: Inequality and Education and the Need for Community”

An article posted on the Huffington Post, “Connecting the Dots: Inequality and Education and the Need for Community”, written by Elaine Weiss and Martin J. Blank, discusses how funding and other inequalities are keeping low-income and minority children far behind in our educational systems. Weiss and Blank compares the enrollment rate in pre-schools between the U.S. and other countries, and how U.S. has a lower pre-school enrollment rate, and because pre-schools are mainly private; many families in the U.S. are unable to afford to send their children there. However, the article did not discuss the importance of how pre-school may impact a child’s future education, but did relate it to inequality disadvantages. Weiss and Blank talks about high dropout rates from high school and how students are also not fully prepared for college. They mentioned that the solutions to these problems would to have community institutions such as: community organizations, local government, and health and youth development agencies, to come and work together, to provide opportunities and supports for schools and children that need help. These institutions’ intentions are to help students be more prepared for school, physically, mentally, and healthy. They would like to help students be more focused and determined to succeed in the future. Similarly, to the reading “Connecting the Dots” by David K. Shipler, he goes in depth with many different problems that relate and connect together regarding how families end up in poverty. Shipler points out that families in poverty have very limited choices and have a difficult time in coming out of poverty. Everything is a chain reaction or in other words connecting the dots. He explains that housing is the most important key; if we don’t have good and safe housing then it’ll lead into having other problems. People with poor housing are likely to be unhealthy, which can lead to malnutrition. Malnutrition at a specific time in age can cause lifelong cognitive impairment, which can affect children’s school performances and their life opportunities. Both news article and reading both share similarities in discussing how class inequality can affect and correlate education in the end.

The photo above is just a random photo I found online to tie in with my blog. The photo shows a cap on top of the higher stack of money, which could possibly display that having more money can lead to better success rates in education. Families with more money are able to provide better housing, which can avoid malnutrition. According to Dr. Deborah Frank in the “Connecting the Dots” reading, she mentioned that students learn well when they are “well-fed, warm, secure”, which can lead to better school performances and life opportunities.

1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-weiss/connecting-the-dots-inequ_b_3510891.html
2. Reading: Connecting the Dots – David K. Shipler


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