Emily Garrett IDIS 400 Research Paper 1: Issues in Inner-City Schools

Many inner-city students struggle every day for reasons that are not their fault. This literature review delves into the issues faced in many inner-city schools among students including aggressiveness, mental health, parent involvement, principal involvement, and the culture of violence. Many theorists make arguments about what can be done. Efforts from the principals, teachers, parents, and community stakeholders can greatly improve the overall academic ability in inner-city schools.


2 thoughts on “Emily Garrett IDIS 400 Research Paper 1: Issues in Inner-City Schools

  • October 19, 2015 at 3:20 am

    I agree that there are so many reasons why there are so many issues with inner-city schools, and the major one being teacher/principal involvement of the students lives. I think that if the teachers knew how to handle a tough situation and could be tough on the kids if they were acting out of line, but also were able to communicate and talk to the kids about some of the issues coming up, then maybe a trust could form between the people within the school and the kids; which could lead to the community support.

    Coming from an area/school close by the inner-city, I understand how important it is for the schools to focus on the students well being. I also understand that most of the improvements for schools come from standardized scores–there is a certain standard for the schools (I think that vary by state) which the kids have to reach, and if they don’t, then they don’t receive the funds to improve the school (such as upgrades in technology). If the students in the inner-city schools have a harder time with reaching this standard, compared to other schools, I wonder if not receiving the funding for improvements could be demoralizing for the student, which would make them act out and not care?

  • October 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    In another class we recently debated how racism and stigma could be stopped in school, and the overwhelming response was that parental influence on equality education to their kids was of overriding importance. I liked how this piece highlighted the importance of parental involvement for the social and educational success of students in inner city schools, since parents have great influence over their kids. Well done!

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