Saturday, September 29, 2012
Injustice at My School Site Assignment
The textbook pictured is from my honor's biology class at my clinical practice site and can potentially represent an inequality at the high school which I am coteacheing. Without question, I am very happy to be at this school, to be working with my coteacher, and to be helping teach this course to the students enrolled within it. By no means do I aim to offend anyone at this high school at which I am coteaching, whether staff, student or parent by this blog post. This is post is part of a required assignment to find an inequality at our school sites, while we are enrolled in the single-subject teacher credential program at CSU San Marcos.
Honors biology is a more rigorous course than the standard biology course also offered at the high school where I am coteaching. Students and or their parents choose to enroll in this more challenging course. From this honors course alone, students do not receive direct AP exam access, that could potentially be transferred into college credit. Nor for this honors class alone, do they have the opportunity to earn over a 4.0 grade, as student enrolled in AP classes can earn. However, this course does perhaps better prepare students to succeed in AP biology and perhaps other AP science courses, particularly AP chemistry. These student in honor biology now may choose to enroll in these AP classes later in their high school career.
It should be noted this class is a privileged class from the general population of freshmen and sophmores at this high school. It seems many, if not all students enrolled in these honors biology courses I coteach, come from what appears to be both socially and economically-stable families. Moreover, there are no students enrolled in these classes that have a documented 504 plan or are classified as ELD students. Of course, student population within in the current freshman and sophomore years at this high school must have students with 504 plans or ELD classification; however, they must be enrolled in the standard biology course and not the honors course. This is an example of an inequality I noticed at my school site.