Education for the Masses - or a few

by Lisa Donovan

As someone who is becoming increasingly disheartened by the public education system in our country (especially since my son has started public school) I get really excited when I find an example of a place that is perservering, despite the low status quo that is evasive in our culture.  I found an article about a small school (eleven kids!) in Death Valley, California.  It is proving that you don’t have to have fancy buildings or expensive equipment to foster intelligence and the love of learning in kids.  It is an encouragement, I think, to those schools that get left behind by “the system”, to have passion and compassion for the kids that it educates. 

Studies have shown that students who come from poorer communities like Death Valley have a lot to gain from attending a small school. In fact, a small school can make up for the factors that often stifle student achievement. Of the 11 students here, four speak Spanish at home, five are being raised by single mothers and all of them qualify for a free or reduced lunch. Still, nine of them are “high achieving,” working above grade level in some subjects.

Of course, having eleven students assists greatly in the “small class room” issue, but I still think that we can use this as an example of what kids need to learn effectively.

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