Educational Inequality

You Should Read My Articles On Educational Inequality Because This Topic Affects Us All

I know it seems silly, but you should care.

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So far in this "series," I have discussed educational inequality in a broad sense, explicitly identifying that it persists through college. I have also presented a few different reasons for why educational inequality exists at all, including but not limited too, income equality, human capital, the privatization of schools, and teacher bias.

It has come to my attention, that not everybody cares and is as passionate about educational inequality as me; therefore, this week I would like to take the time to explain why we ALL should care.

Graduating high school is not the end of our vicious cycle, and as I discussed cannot be avoided by attending college or joining the immediate work-force. I understand how difficult it can be to confront this issue and you probably finish reading my articles feeling like, "Well, what am I going to do about it?" I get it, I have turned to merely writing articles about it and the solution is not simple.

My goal with this series is to educate those around me about educational inequality with efforts to minimize this injustice in my community and the community of my readers. The topics I have discussed thus far such as cultural and economic capital are areas we have all faced inequality in and are things we can change at home ourselves.

Although you might be done with school or even decided it was not for you, it still matters because changing ourselves helps our children and our future children, and it also helps other community members who are not privileged to know about this stuff. The kids in school now, whether they are ours or not, are the kids that will one day run this country, it does not end with us or even with them which is why quality, equal, and affordable education should always be a priority in the United States.

As I mentioned previously, the topics I have discussed are all essential and can potentially make a huge difference in future generations education because our education has a direct effect and helps to determine our "ceiling" for the rest of our lives. At this point, there is so much that goes into our education that historically did not use to matter that contributes to determining our life "ceiling" such as cultural capital that can be developed in school.

Things like our human capital that promote networking at a young age create gateways to better jobs and opportunities for the rest of our life. I know that during my academic career I missed out on several opportunities due to a lack of knowledge; it is the simple things like this that add up and can make a difference, but it can be hard to navigate if you do not know. I only know about this stuff now because of my younger sister, my mother's ability to extensively research, and my specific focus on educational inequality in college.

Being aware of teacher bias and being able to evaluate your education will make a difference in what you might do for your children, or the kids you might have one day. We cannot change our economic capital or the income inequality that we face in the United States, but we can minimize it by creating an equal educational opportunity for all children that does not change due to teacher bias, cultural or economic capital, race, gender, or our social mobility given to us by our parents.

Recognizing that income inequality and human capital, as well as several other aspects of everyday life, are affected by the quality of education we received is one clear reason we should all care about educational inequality.

Another reason why we should all care about educational inequality is that most demographics not including Caucasian American's are disadvantaged in every other way possible in the United States as it is; while, education has always been the "distinguishing" factor. Education is supposed to be "a way out" for some people and is promoted in the United States as such but is not even a fundamental right under our constitution, when it should be.

Nonetheless, at the end of the day, education is not equal, therefore does not promote a "fair contest" in the United States only encouraging the differences among different socio-economic groups, races, sexes, and classes; primarily helping the high-socioeconomic, wealthy, Caucasian demographic when they do not need any more help as it is.

So, to answer your question as to why should you read my articles and why you should care about educational inequality, just because knowledge is power.

I had no clue how much of a difference preschool mattered, how much teacher bias affected my success and the success of others around me, and I believe that education is the difference in inequality in America. You learning and being aware can make a difference, regardless if you are actively taking a role in this matter because you can become an advocate for equality.

These children have no clue what they are facing and even if they did could only do so much, because at the end of the day they are kids. We are the ones who can make things right; we are the ones voting, becoming parents, becoming policymakers, becoming teachers, and so on.

We are today, and we must be the change we want to see for the kids of tomorrow.

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8 Things Every Independent College Girl Misses About College Approximately 0.8 Seconds After They Get Home

Truthfully, I miss my roommate more than anything.
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While you are at school, you miss home. While you are at home, you miss school. But... missing school becomes more and more prevalent as time goes on and you are stuck at home. At first it's nice to see friends and family that you haven't gotten to see in a while but eventually, it get's old.

So here's a list that every independent college student misses about school while they're home.

1. Your meal plan

Food, paid for, on a card for you to swipe anytime you want.

2. Your roommate

When we moved in together, you swore by for better or for worst. This is definitely one of the most missed things.

3. Living on your own

Technically you're living on your own with a little assistance, so it's pretty cool. You miss not answering to anyone, picking what you want to eat for dinner every night and doing what you want when you want.

4. Parties

There's a party every night of the week, so there's always something to do.

5. Events

If there isn't a party, there's an event. Football games, free pizza, basketball games, and concerts. You name it, they have it.

6. The recreational center

The gym at college is nice, plus it has a pool and a rock climbing wall... so that makes it even better.

7. Club/intermural sports

This is one of the best parts. Even though it isn't a university sport, you still have a blast and take pride in winning.

8. Having a mini fridge in your room

Easy access to food... 24/7. Of course, you'll miss this.

The upside of this is that you'll be back at school next semester, so enjoy home while you can. Spend as much time with friends and family as possible, and make memories. You may only have four years to enjoy it!

Cover Image Credit: Macey Mullins

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5 Struggles That Coming Home For The Summer Pose

Summer isn't always what you think it's going to be, especially when you're coming home.

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Summer break is amazing in so many ways: you're given countless hours to yourself, no daily stresses concerning school and assignments, and no overbearing pressures to go out every single night. However, coming home (usually) means you're back living with your parents and back to abiding by their rules, despite the fact that for around ten months, you were the only person making the rules in your own home. Despite the perks that come with summer, I have composited 10 reasons why summer can be hard to bear.

1. Having a set curfew.

I find it almost comical that I was able to "run free" for 10 months in Tallahassee with no regard for what time it was, but while at home I get the "it's time to come home" text from my parents as soon as 11 o'clock rolls around. For the entire school year, I was able to stay at friends' places until the sun came up, at walk out of clubs around closing time with no fear of getting punished for staying out too late, but now, I have to constantly plan around my curfew and ensure that I'm home before I get on my parents' bad side.

2. Having to get a summer job.

It was always a rule in my house that jobs were only meant for summer since my parents felt that getting good grades were our primary priority, so now that school's out, I'm working at my local Panera and dog-sitting for my neighbors, even though I absolutely hate dogs. Working isn't the worst thing I've had to do, but when I have to miss beach days and parties for a job that only pays $9 an hour, it sucks!

3. Countless days of boredom. 

College has made me accustomed to being surrounded by other people and activities 24/7. Sure, there were a couple of hours a day for alone time, but the majority of my day was spent hanging out with friends, going to my sorority, going out, and attending class. Now that I'm home and far away from my friends and the social aspect of FSU, I find myself bored and lonely.

4. Less freedom and independence. 

While away at school, I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted without my parents finding out. I was able to go get fast food in the middle of the night, go out to clubs, and sleep at my friends' place whenever I wanted. Sadly, now that I'm home, I can't just leave whenever I want or do whatever I want; I have to tell my parents when I'm going to places, where I'm going, who I'm meeting, and when exactly I'll be home.

5. Having to unpack and sort through your old clothes and the ones you brought to school.

Being the youngest has gifted me with an overabundance of hand-me-downs, everything from prom dresses to shoes to jewelry. However, over the years, the amount of clothes I have accumulated is insane; coming home has forced me to sort through the piles of old clothes and things I don't want anymore in order to make room for the multiple suitcases I brought back from school. My room looks like a tornado swept through it for three weeks now, despite the countless hours I have spent organizing, donating, and folding.

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