Thursday, May 3, 2007

Research Outline 1

Attention Getter-

  1. The physchological and intellectual advantages to being in a preschool program
  2. advantage-
  3. These programs are expensive and are time consuming to integrate, including salaries and getting qualified teachers.
  4. If the pre-k program was integrated, it would eventually become mandatory, which is not the best thing for all children.

Thesis Statement- Should Minnesota require the integration of early childhood education programs into the system.


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Topic Sentence- There are numerous phycological and intellecual advantages to having a child attend an early childhood education program.

1. Less trouble with the law and longer marriages

2. Helps close acheivement gaps and prepare for the next important step or grade.

3.Those enrolled earn on average a higher income than those who were not enrolled.

4.Key developments that occur through these programs, such as early literacy development, help to prevent large learning disabilities later on.

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Topic Sentence-

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Topic Sentence- There are many numerous financial and time issues that would occur if preschool programs were integrated.

1. The salaries of the teachers and operating costs would put a financial strain on the public school districts.

2.The concern with curriculum and what the young children should specifiically be taught is very loosely interpretted, and there would need to be extensive organizing and research efforts in order to effectively teach in a similar way.

3.There is no concrete requirements for the type of education that early childhood educators receive, not all teachers would be qualified for the position and their formal training or education could become costly.

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Topic Sentence-The integration of preschool would most likely lead to mandatory enrollment, which is not the best thing for every child.

1.Some children would actually have a decline in development based on the quality of the program vs. the education they receive at home or elsewhere.

2. Too much structure for children could lead to the robbing of their freedoms and enjoyment that they have as a young child.

3. When the starting age for formal education lowers, the expectations, which can often be unrealistic, can be raised so high that they clash with what young children can actually accomplish.

4.The expanded time in the classroom could disconnect family life, which s irreplaceable.



Attention Goer-

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Annotation 8

Ford, Emily. " A View from the Editorial Board- Pre-K is not best answer for all." The Commercial Appeal.
18 Mar. 2007. Memphis, Tenn. 24 Apr. 2007.

In her article, Emily Ford brings up a plausible opposition to the idea of early education for all through the idea that mandatory early learning will raise up a bar that will limit a young child's short freedoms and issues such as a decrease in the amount of time in a home environment. This article will help me express an oppostion to my topic and realistic reasons for the opposition.

Annotation 7

Andrade, Jane Carroll. "Kindergarten may be too late." State Legislatures. Jun. 2002. Denver. 24 Apr. 2007.

In the article, Jane Carroll Andrade writes about how states are starting to fund preschool programs after recognizing the correlation between a child early development and participation in preschool and his or her success later in life. The author goes on to describe the details in the process of funding, such as who is eligible to receive free early childhood education, where the money for the programs can and does come from, and how new programs might fit or clash with already existing programs. Finally, she finsihes by state the future for the movement for funding early education and how positive results could or could not be received. Overall, this article will help me gain the facts to the pros and cons of funding the education programs.

Annotation 6

" Early Childhood Education." NEA: National Education Association. 24 Apr. 2007.
early childhood/index.html>

This article describes the postive effects that investing in quality early childhood education prorgram can have on the country. The article provides statistics, such as the fact that those who were enrolled in a quality preschool program when they were young end up earning up to $2,000 more per month than those who did not. NEA goes on to list its recommendations in legislation to provide better early childhood education to everyone. The article wil definately help me with all of the solid statistics brought up in the article to give great reason for providing free preschool programs.

Annotation 5

Poppe, Julie and Clothier, Steffanie. "The Preschool Promise." State Legislatures. June 2005. State
Legislatures. 24 Apr. 2007.

The authors, Julie Poppe and Steffanie Clothier, discuss in their article the many benefits that going to preschool can have on children in their future, but the reality of whether or not states can afford to provide preschool education to everyone. They discuss the positive effects of going to preschool, such as the achivement gap at the beginning of kindergaten between children who went to an early education program and those who did not. Other topics brought up include what goes into a proper program for educational growth, how states currently pay for or might pay for programs in the future, the research that proves that the educational investment will pay off in the future. Everything in this article will help me determine current legislatures and the positive effects and statistics that going to an early childhood education program has on children.

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Jacobson, Linda. "Preschoolers' Education Takes Center Stage." Education Week. 22 Apr. 1998. Education
Week. 24 Apr. 2007. Http://

Linda Jacobson writes about the growing efforts in state spending for preschool, and the question of long- term financial commitment when there are other options such as private programs or simply skipping pre-k.
The article also focuses on contributing factors, such financial responsibility and confusion about curriculum, that effect state and federal government decsions on funding for these programs. This article will help me research the amount and type of legislation already being considered or passed for early childhood education and the reasons for and against the funding.

Annotation 3

Crane, David. "Children's Education is Our Best Investment." Toronto Star. 2 Jul. 2006. Toronto Star. 24 Apr.

David Crane writes about the critical effect that the lack of free preschool education for children will have on society in the future if the issue is not corrected. He also writes that Canada's aging population will suffer if its productivity performance continues to stay at its current growth levels. He states that early childhood education is key in society if as James Heckman states: "Once a child falls behind, he or she is likely to remain behind," because when this happens in a large amount of the young population the country could face economic and and social setbacks. But if there is sufficient early childhood education, there will be a better workforce, better performance in schools, and so forth. This article will help prove that funding for early childhood programs is a good idea through examples of what could happen if there is not a step towards better preschool schooling.

Annotation 2

Jacobson, Linda. "An Earlier Start." Education Week. 10 May 2006. Editorial Projects in Education, Inc. 24
Apr. 2007.

Linda Jacobson, the author of the article, reports on the integrating of the pre-K classroom into the traditional elementary and the positive and negative effects of it. She states that the change from separate preschool facilities to those that are in "alignment", or making sure that what is taught prepares children for the next grade level, has a positive effect on things such as assesment tests. This infromation helps to show the effective use for early childhood education and its effects are significant enough to be given funding from the government.

Annotations 1

Gambrell, Kathy A. "Gaps Remain in Early Childhood Education." White House Reporter. 7 Jan. 2002.
United Press International. 23 Apr. 2007. Http://

The author, Kathy A. Gambrell, writes about the large gap still remaining for eligibility and funding in early childhood education programs despite effort from the state and federal levels from research she has conducted. She found that contributors such as lack of compensation and education in early education teachers effect the effectiveness of these efforts. She also states that most of the effort is concentrated on the neediest children, such as those from low- income families and children from teenage parents. This article helps me to know the main contributing factors to the current ineffectiveness in government-provided early education funding.

Monday, March 19, 2007

English 10C RAFT assignment

Spring Break-

Spring Break for me was surprisingly short and uneventful. I did not end up going anywhere, unlike many people who went to beautiful tropical islands and such last week. While they came back tan, I am starting to look dead in comparison. Doing the usual things that people do while on break, the week seemed very short. I went to the movies, malls, other activites... and tried extremely hard to not thaink about anything logical for the entire break. Believe me, if I had anything else to tell you about my time on Spring Break, I would write about it. But, alas I did not have a single thing that was exciting enough to write about.

As for trimester 3, I only know about the research paper I am required to write this trimester. I'll try my very best to be zealous for that.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Day 7

Mr. Hatten,

I critiqued ( I love that word!) Nikki F. and Allison S. for the day 6 assignment. enjoy.Scratch that, just switch this title with the last.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Day 6

I completed the WIKI for day 6, with the word precarious. Hey, check it out!

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Day 4

Comments, anyone?

Yes, I did comment on two blogs, and I am pretty sure it was top-notch critiquing might I add. Pretty sure we have some issues at Tartan.

P.S. Mr. HHHHHHH... I commented on Miranda F. and Nikki F.

Day 3

Problems at Tartan

The problem- It is nearly impossible to navigate Tartan's hallways due to overcrowdedness.

Evidence- If you were to poll just about any student at Tartan, they would tell you that one of the most frustating problems we face everyday with the amount of people in our school is the nearly impossible task of just making it to class on time with the hallway congestion. There is much evidence to this, including:

The amount of people who are tardy to class because they were blocked in the hallways is significantly rising.

The average time it takes for someone to simply go to their locker, get their stuff, and go to class has risen, leaving no time for any downtime whatsoever.

Contributing factors-I feel that there are many contributing factors to this, including:

The overall number of srudents and faculty at this school. Class sizes (especially freshman) have ballooned, meaning there are more bodies to deal with in the halls.

Decreased passing time-While class sizes have grown, our amount of time for passing has not. In fact, the time was lowered from eight minutes to six, which in my opinion was not a good decision based on increasing enrolled students in the school.

The building itself is another reason why it is so cramped at Tartan. Obviously, we can't change this, but it is still a contributing factor.

Blockage- Obviously, standing like a pole in the middle of a hallway is doing absolutely nothing to help this issue (or in the middle of a staircase!).

Propose a solution- There are a few solutions that would be helpful in getting everyone to class on time. First, the school could increase passing time back up to eight or even ten minutes. We could also designate spaces for "passing only", meaning that it would be considerate to not stand and talk right in the middle of that space, although this solution might be a bit harder to enforce.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Day 1

Analyzing Problems

Problem- Too much congestion on Twin Cities highways and freeways.
Factors that may contribute to the problem-
  1. There simply aren't enough lanes or roads for the growing amount of commuters in the cities.
  2. Commuting times are too similar between workers, resulting in congestion in a short span of time.
  3. Their is a growing amount of people who are able to drive on the roadways.
Problem- Aids epidemic in Africa
Factors that may contribute to the problem-
  1. There is little, if any, education given about prevention in African countries that could help save lives.
  2. The poverty level in these countries is high, which means that there is not enough affluence to distribute wide-scale treatment or drugs.
  3. The main factors that cause the spread of HIV, which include sexual intimacy, are highly practiced.

Problem- Bullying in school

Factors that may contribute to the problem-

  1. There is not enough disciplinary action given to those who enable bullying.
  2. Peer pressure to make fun of certain individuals may be coming from their class.
  3. There is not enough information given in schools for the prevention of peer pressure/making good decisions.