Hello again. My name is Jason Greene and I am 9th grader at Science Leadership Academy. In English class we are doing a project called You And The World. During this project we have to find a issue we are passionate about then go into the world and try to fix it. My issue is Public Education in the city of Philadelphia. This is my second blog post. To read my first blog post click here. In my first blog post I introduced my issue and how it is one of the biggest problems facing the city today. I also talked about how there was a lack of funding for public schools.
For my original research I decided to do make a online survey. I wanted to find out if the people taking the survey had special classes while in middle-school. I also wanted to find out if there were cuts while they were attending the school. I got lots of good responses back. Almost all the people who responded said that they went to middle-school in Philadelphia in the past few years. Most if not all of them said while they were there that the school made cuts that hurt their learning and safety. Some of these positions were Teachers, Counselors, Secretaries and Lunchtime aids. All of these positions are very important. If you don't have enough teachers than you have to put more students in each class. If you don't have any lunchtime aids there will be no one to watch the kids while at lunch. The results I got really informed me on my issue because now I knew that the budget cuts of the school district just did not affect me but also my friends.
While most of the people who filled out my survey did have special classes like art and music…
Does/Did your middle-school offer...
Art 6 22%
Music/Band 5 19%
Computers 6 22%
Gym 5 19%
Health 5 19%
Over the past few years did your middle-school cut any of these positions?
Now that I got my results I believe even more that this has to change. The change has to happen now. It is not fair for kids not to be able to get the best education they can get. They can not get that without simple things like teachers and counselors. As I was doing my research I started to wonder how many schools in Philadelphia were shut down and how many students had to be relocated because of that?
The next part of this project is called Agent of Change. This is when go out into the real world and I go volunteer somewhere and try to have an impact on my issue. As I said in my last blog post I will be going to my old school, J.S Jenks. J.S Jenks have been badly hurt by the recent budget cuts. My sister still goes there and she told me that they don't even have an art teacher anymore, that a dad that used to be an artist now comes in 2 times a week and teacher classes. When I volunteer at the school I want to help out in a 6th, or 8th grade classroom. I think I will have a big impact when I come because I the school needs as much as it can get. When I am at the school volunteering I hope to help the teachers in anyway I can if that means making copies or help teach the lesson I will try my best.
Stay tuned for part 3!