Reflection On Education

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REFLECTION JOURNAL 1 HONING INTUITIVE THINKING DEANNA SHELOW AMERICAN COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ED5263 DR. SUZY NATIVIDAD NOVEMBER 19, 2017 The major problem with education is determining who should be held accountable to the education of our young people. School districts, administrators and teachers are vital to the education of our children and should be committed and be justly accountable to it, however, parents must also be accountable and committed to their child education. Furthermore, the struggle many schools, particularly parents in low-income schools, have is getting parental involvement not only with their child at home, but also in the school itself. PTAs and school districts across America strive for 100% participation from all stakeholders, in general teacher involvement is part of the course of being an educator as well as engrained in the caring nature of teachers who know and understand the importance of being involved. However, the involvement of parents within school can vary greatly depending up the school demographics, which lead to lower academic results. “Therefore, low-income children, with less involved parents, often experience fewer of the academic benefits than children coming from higher income homes. It follows, then, that children of higher income families are receiving more of the academic and attitudinal benefits of parental involvement than low-income children” (Smith, 2006). Thus, lies the problem, how to encourage parents of low-income schools to invest, inspire, and be involved in their children’s education at home and in school. So, the goal of this workshop is to find solutions to increase parent involvement in the PTA this school year by 20% over last year. PROBLEM TYPES The problems in which we can utilize intuitive problem solving strategies are: • Ineffective communication to parents based on cultural diversity, socioeconomics, or technological resources. “Communication is the cultural interchange between teachers and their students and the experience that parents learn about the school/ classroom culture” (Bensman as cited by Jacobs & Kritsonis, 2007). • Parental lacking resources to fulfil basic needs of family (clothing, food, or shelter). “A

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