1. Fill out the "Equal Educational Opportunites Scavenger Hunt" handout based on what you think the answers are. We will go over the correct answers together as a class. Prepare to be surprised!
2. Go to the following website:
-Read "How should public schools be paid for?" about the Rosen family and the Cabral family.
-Then click on "Video" and view the short clip about two different schools and families. One school has technology and safe classrooms and the other has few computers and the building is falling apart.
-Pay close attention to the last thing that is said by the father of the student. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Write your response on the back of the scavenger hunt.
3. Read the "School Choice" handout to find out what other types of schools there are.
- Define Charter School, Home School, voucher and any other terms you are not familiar with.
-Should parents be able to choose what school their student attends? Does this mean that the government should give school vouchers allowing students to attend a public or private school of their choice? Make a "Defenses vs. Oppositions" chart for school vouchers; what do the advocates say about school vouchers and what are the criticisms?
4. You will read through all of the school models on the other side of the "School Choice" handout and decide which ones you think will work the best.
-To make this decision easier for yourself, create another "Defenses vs. Oppositions" list for all four models. After reading the descriptions, you may get into groups of 2-3 people to brainstorm pros and cons.
-One person in the group will turn in all four lists with the names of all members in the group at the top.
5. In your group, discuss whether or not the different models would work?
-After discussion, have each member tell the group which two model he/she thinks is best.
-Have one person from each group go to the front of the class and write on the board a tally mark under the correct model for each vote from their group. (For a group of 3, you should make 6 tally marks total)
6. Class discussion.