Starting with Students: Educational Equity in New York City

This project used Story Maps to show the history of educational inequity and the problems associated with it.  Educational equity can be achieved through policy changes, increased knowledge of students, parents, and teachers on educational rights, and equitable funding.  There are also organizations such as the Campaign for Educational Equity that provide information for...

Hollis Revisited

At the beginning of the semester, I visited Hollis, Queens.  While I knew that it was a low-income neighborhood, I did not understand what caused the poverty here to persist.  After taking this course, I have much more clarity on the subjects of poverty, segregation, and inequity.  I also have more questions. In my...

“They’re Stealing Our Jobs”

One of the classic lines against immigration–besides quips about drug smuggling–is that immigrants are taking jobs that “rightfully belong” to American workers.  Mexican workers have faced the brunt of the backlash, beginning in the 1940s during World War II, when the Bracero Program was introduced (Kwong 301).  More conservative Americans believe that undocumented immigrants...

Self-Sufficiency Standard

The self-sufficiency standard is the amount of money a household must make in order to meet the basic standard of living without government assistance.  This measure was created as an alternative to the federal poverty standard, which was created in 1965 and equated the basic standard of living to three times the cost for...

Job Polarization

    Job polarization became a prevalent issue in the U.S. during the Great Recession of 2008.  It refers to expansions in high-skill, high-wage and low-skill low wage job opportunities, but diminished middle-class job opportunities.  According to MIT’s Department of Economics and National Bureau of Economic Research, this decline has disproportionately affected men without four-year college...

Autism Rights Movement/Neurodiversity Movement

The Autism Rights Movement (ARM) is a branch of the neurodiversity movement that advocates for autism awareness and the eschewing of the medical model. The medical model focuses on finding a “cure” for autism, as well as implementing treatment programs to teach people with autism to act neurotypical. “Neurodiverse” refers to those whose neurology...

Hollis’ Harsh Reality

Hollis, New York, is a town located in Queens.  The section of Hollis that I explored was near Jamaica Avenue; specifically, C-Town grocery store and Clean Rite Laundromat.  This part of the town is lower-middle class.  Poverty is evident throughout Hollis; there were bars on store windows, and there was even an attempted bank...

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