In Class Writing
If I was to label my family’s class I would have to say that we are a part of lower end working class. My fathers income is what supports our family as a whole, so when it comes to schooling not only does his paycheck help to pay for living expenses but it also is my sister and I’s funding for school. So when it comes to paying for school itself, for example USF it is very difficult to afford to come here but my family is willing to make the sacrifices for me to attend. I am very blessed to have a family that puts others before themselves, but there have been times throughout the school year that money has limited me and my education. For example as basic as affording supplies for projects for school.
Even though money has been an issue there has also been this type of pressure to do well because of my family. There is a type of culture within my family were we need to go to college to better ourselves and become so called “successful.” Although this may be true my parents have always told me they would be proud of me as long as I am doing something. But I want more than to just work a normal job so I pursued to go to college and earn a higher education.
In Class Writing
The topic that I chose to research and had an interest in was using Performance Enhancing Drugs and how in the sports environment it is one of the most disgraced things you can do. But there is also a side to it where people think that its ok to take Performance Enhancing Drugs for the health of the players. Most of the people, as am I, are not in favor of the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs because its similar to “cheating.” You gain an advantage that other players do not get to have, even if it is to help with your health. Sports talent are supposed to be something that you work on not that you are given.
When using wikipedia I usually try to steer away because many people are capable of changing its contents. But when it shows valid sources like from the article that I read I believe most of what it is stating. Some of the pros include information from many different point of views, easy access, and sometimes valid sources. But some of the cons include any body can change information at any time, could possibly be wrong information, and lastly no sources sited.
Reimagining Educational Practices:
When researching the differences/relationship between University ranking and the quality of education I was able to conclude that they somewhat coincide with each other but for the most part are two different things. When it comes to the University ranking itself they chose to focus more on the overall experience of the school rather than the actual quality of the education. According to college niche, typically when be rated they do involve graduation/retention rates and acceptance rates but also focus on things like where the school is located, quality of dorms/cafeteria, and things like party scene. So I was able to conclude that the university ranking may not necessarily be the best thing to look when deciding quality of education itself but rather to go into deeper research.
When doing more research on the quality of education itself I was able to find the factors that go into determining the actual quality of education. According to US News these factors include graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate. All of these factors are part of the “standard” for the quality of education. The quality of education is also based on “reputation” so its very hard to compare the two because a lower end school may provide the same quality as a higher end school but just doesn’t get the reputation. So when it comes to the less advantaged communities it is harder for them to get into higher end schools because of their background and the “stereotype.”
Morse, R., Brooks, E., & Mason, M. (2017, September 11). How U.S. News Calculated the 2018 Best Colleges Rankings. Retrieved March 05, 2018, from https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings
2018 Best Colleges in America. (n.d.). Retrieved March 05, 2018, from https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/