Just another shooting on an educational campus, nbd.

3 04 2012

It was no surprise to me when I heard that seven, people were found dead at a local school in Oakland, CA.

The students at Oikos University, a Christian school providing programs for theology, Asian medicine, nursing, and music fled campus as an elderly Korean man started spontaneously shooting, according to ABC News. More information about the shooting can be found here.

Is it absurd that I found this event very normal?

I mean, correct me if I’m wrong, but┬ájust last week Fremont Federation went on lock down because a bullet pierced the side of the Foothill building. Sources tell me that the classroom whose room heard the gunshot took it very calmly and continued working on their assignments.

I don’t know about you, but a reaction like that wouldn’t have taken place if a shooting were to occur somewhere in the valley, the more suburban areas.

Thank you, elder Korean man for boosting 2012’s violence rates just a little more. Maybe we’ll get ranked 5th most dangerous city in the US instead of the 6th this year.



RE: ‘Do Now #23: Why Do So Many Students Drop Out of High School?’

27 03 2012

On the KQED website, I read yet another article about high school drop outs posted by Matthew Green. The article can be found here.

‘Why do so many students drop out of high school?’

Even though the headline to the article was a question, I found no answer to it reading it. This website clarified statistics and went into racial specifics about dropout percentages in the entire state of California.

In the article, it was specified that the Oakland Unified School District’s high school drop out rate was at 40 percent in the 2009 and 2010 school year. After that, it was compared to San Francisco’s school district, whose dropout rate was at nine percent in that same year.

Comparisons like that make me shake my head and feel disappointed because these statistics are what society sees. The statistics are plastered on the news for everyone in the Bay Area to see and people look at Oakland like it’s too dangerous of a city to step foot in.

Because the dropout rate and violence rate is so high, people tend to overlook what lies underneath the numbers. I feel like the only people who see how much potential Oakland youth has or the beauty the city holds are the people who live in Oakland.

California high school dropout rate at 20 percent

20 03 2012

In the article ‘State’s high school dropout rate almost 20 percent‘ written by reporter Jill Tucker in August 2011 of the San Francisco Chronicle, I learned that the state of California’s dropout rate was at 18.2 percent in 2010.

“Nearly 1 out of every 5 students in California’s projected class of 2010 – 18.2 percent – dropped out of high school before graduation day, meaning 94,000 teenagers hit the streets without diplomas, according to data released Thursday,” Tucker wrote.

I didn’t think the overall percentage of students who dropped out before their expected graduation date was too surprising.

What blew my mind was the comparison between San Francisco and Oakland.

“In Oakland, it’s a significant issue. Just 53 percent of the district’s 3,200 high school students tracked over four years graduated, while 37 percent dropped out,” Tucker writes.

“Across the bay in San Francisco, schools fared much better, posting an 82 percent graduation rate and an 11 percent dropout rate.”

I knew the dropout rate in Oakland was nearly at 40 percent, but the number looks worse compared to San Francisco’s impressive 11 percent.

From what I read, it seems to me that the city of San Francisco has a stricter truancy program compared to Oakland. To reduce absences for students and possibly dropout rates for the district, I think Oakland’s dropout rates need more attention. I don’t see a lot of truancy officers taking care of students who cut school around Fremont Federation’s campus and if the truancy program was enforced stricter, absences would reduce.

I remember as a freshman, students felt threatened because the truancy program was very strict, but as the years went by, I notice that even with off-campus lunch banned, students still make it out of the gates without a hassle. If anything, the non-off-campus lunch is what makes students want to leave school even more.