In conclusion of my research to find why charter schools were campaigned to have a “better” education than traditional public schools in the 2013 election, I found that there are many different opinions on the issue more so than facts. My original question was, “Do charter schools really have a “better” education than traditional public schools?”
As I researched there were many different opinions about the topic, but the facts turned out to be that charter schools are basically ahead of public schools in certain aspects. Charter schools do have more advanced and higher quality teachers, but they use strategies public schools may pick up later on. So, if a student in a public school graduates before the school picks up a similar teaching strategy from a charter school, they could possibly miss out on a “better” education. Charter schools also expect more out of their students, preparing them for more rigorous classes in college which is a great benefit in my opinion. So, charter schools must use more interesting techniques and strategies to keep students interested in material in order for them to learn better and live up to teacher expectations. These factors were the most interesting to me because the details were ones I had not heard of before. Personally, I think charter schools are beneficial to students, however I also believe that public schools provide a great education as well. I attended a traditional public school so my opinion on the issue could be a little bias in that I think I earned a great education. One of which has helped me reach my goal of graduating in December 2013 from the University of Georgia.
If I had more time to research, I would go more in depth on the issue to see if there is a specific correlation between education techniques and strategies in charter schools and public schools. I would research teachers from charters schools and possibly interview them to compare and contrast their background education, lifestyles, opinions on the topic and their opinions on public school education. I would also interview students and students who have transferred from a public school to a charter school to get a general perspective from students who have experienced the schools techniques and strategies first hand.
This was my first time experiencing a 20% project and I loved it. I loved it so much I decided to do an independent study with Professor Thomas this June Session, which is basically an extended version of this 20% project. I recommend it to anyone who has not done this type of project before because there are so many things you can learn from exploring the internet independently and using technology to engage in an interesting topic. This project was probably the least stressful project I have done thus far in the realm of research projects I have done as a Political Science Major. Days reserved for 20% time was so helpful and useful for managing time wisely.
There are really no difficult aspects to the project other than picking your topic, everything else is free, independent exploration. Who can argue with that? However, if there comes a time that this project becomes difficult, there are many different avenues you can take. Technology offers us so many new sources for choosing topics that you can simply find certain websites with example topics to give you a head start. If finding articles becomes difficult then you should probably change your topic all together. Once you figure out your topic, you’re set.
I enjoyed EDIT 2000 so much this Maymester and I can honestly say that I came out of it with much more knowledge about education and technology than I went in with. I never thought I would be interested in education but now I certainly am and I am eager to see where this new interest might take me in the future!