What makes a good school?

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There are numerous factors that go into deciding what makes a school good, including the staffing of the school, the area of which the school is in, and the amount of money that the school has available to it. It is possible that two people commenting on the same school could have contradictory views on whether or not that school is good. Everyone's high school experience is at least slightly different from everybody else's, which causes these differences in opinions in what makes a school good. The viewpoint of which that person views a school also affects how they view the school. For example, a person judging a school for the Department of Education for New York State might look at a school differently than a parent of a student at that …show more content…
It is the responsibility of the teachers and administration of the school to make sure adequate rules are in place and that students follow these rules to ensure their safety. These rules have to be enforced fairly, though, and not be more lenient for some students and stricter for others based on race, ethnicity, or for any other similar reason. Although funding, which will be discussed more in depth later, sometimes makes it difficult, teachers and especially administration needs to make sure that the school is well maintained and is clean, as well. One example of an administration failing to do this, although it probably has more to do with lack of funding, comes again from the letter, "Postcards from America," where Sarafina, the daughter of migrant workers in California, attends school at a school where there are "no seats on the toilet and not enough paper in the bathroom to clean yourself." Sometimes, it is just the small things like this that can cause a school to be considered good or bad, although this school most likely had many other problems to go along with the lack of seats on the toilets and lack of toilet paper. As stated before, this exact example is probably better suited to show a lack of funding, which is also a very important factor in determining the value of a school.

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