Observation Experience

For my observation experience, I spent time in a classroom at an early college high school. In a program such as the one I observed, students take both high school and college courses so that when they graduate high school, they will have a high school diploma as well as an Associates degree.  So, students that are granted entrance into this program are very academically ahead of their peers upon graduation as they may either enter the workforce with a degree or possibly only have two years left of college if they choose to pursue a Bachelors degree. My first question about the program was how students were chosen to go to this special high school. I learned that students apply for the program and then are either accepted or denied entrance. Also, this is still technically a public high school, so it is funded at least in part by the state. I must admit I am not fully aware of all of the technicalities of the funding. In terms of social justice, I had to wonder if a system such as this one provided equal opportunities to all students. The goal of public schools are to serve all students to the best of the state’s abilities on as fair of a platform as possible. So, is it fair to the students attending public schools to not be given the same opportunity to obtain an Associates degree as their counterparts at this special high school that is also sponsored by the state? The more I think about this question, the more I think that it is a fair system. Students are all given the same opportunity to apply to the school, and all applications are assessed the same way. Social justice does not mean necessarily including everyone in everything. Rather, it is giving everyone the opportunity to find their strengths and find where they excel. So, the students at this special high school happen to excel in this area, and they should not be punished for that or have such an opportunity taken away. In an earlier post I discussed that social justice is bringing up the “have nots” rather than bringing down the “haves”. In this case, students at regular public schools just have to be given their own opportunities to excel rather than taking away this opportunity from the “haves” here.

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