Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Lottery

While watching The Lottery, the whole situation came as a huge eye opener for me.  I have never known a school to hold a "lottery" where children get selected to be in certain schools.  What stood out to me the most was how many children were waiting to go to these charter schools, which brings me to my direct quote "365,000 children are on waitlists for charter schools."  That number was astonishing to me.  The film showed how hard the children worked to get into these schools, and no matter how hard some of them tried they still didn't get chosen.  The film also talked about the sizes of the classes, saying some had 27 kids.  The class sizes relates to our recent study of the educational system and in this case is a negative factor.  Children need smaller class sizes to get adequate time with teachers for questions and additional learning.


  1. The lottery was also shocking to me. I always thought that in order to get into a better school you had to work for it but those children's lives were based off of hope and a little bit of luck. I really don't think that is fair and it's really sad.

  2. Yeah this was shocking for me to. I have never heard of a lottery for children to get into a school. I found this stat about the size of the waiting list mind blowing. I did not realize how bad the situation really is.

  3. It's ironic that a major argument provided to discredit the charter schools was that they were only successful because they had small class sizes, while in reality their class sizes are rather large at 27 students.


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