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Running head: WHY POOR STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY 1

Why Poor Students Do Not Have Equal Opportunity for Success

Emma DeGroot

Purdue Northwest University

References
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Johnson, B. (2012, July 2). Lack of School Supplies in School: The Effects on the Students.

Longwood Blogs. Retrieved from http://blogs.longwood.edu/brittanyjohnson/2012/07/02/

the-effects-on-the-students/

Johnson, a student from Longwood, Florida, uses an interview she conducted to

prove how students are affected by a lack of school supplies. Most of Johnson’s post is a

summary of the interview she conducted. She discusses how difficult it is for teachers to

finish a lesson on time because they want to assure that the students have equal

opportunity with the limited materials in the classroom and how this is restricting the

students’ learning. She then points out that every student learning differently and that

teachers should be able to meet their students needs. Since the blogpost was created in

2012, I would not have used this as a source if I did not feel as though the information

was credible and helpful to my research.

Kully, S. (2017, June 26). Backpack Index: The Cost of School Supplies Nearly Doubled in 10

Years. NBC Los Angeles News. Retrieved from https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/nat

ional-international/Rising-Cost-School-Supplies-Supplying-Our-Schools-

428650113.html

In this news article, Kully provides and analyzes the statistics produced by The

Backpack Index. She compares the results from 2007 to the results from 2017. She shows

that the cost of school supplies has increased between 68% and 88% for students of all

ages within the last decade. She comments on how school is even more costly when

children participate in after school clubs or sports. Although this article was not for local

news, the study was done recently and effectively proves how the prices of school

supplies has risen.


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Sadker, D.M., & Zittleman K.R. (2016). Teachers, Schools, and Society: A Brief Introduction to

Education (4th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

Teachers, Schools, and Society: A Brief Introduction to Education is a required

textbook for all education students at Purdue Northwest University. This publication

discusses the history of education, controversial topics for educators, and how to become

an effective teacher. The authors state that teachers must be able to assess their students’

needs, such as learning difference, and be able to meet them. The authors list kinesthetic

learning, or hands-on learning, as one of the common learning styles that teachers will

come across. I found this publication to be extremely credible since it is updated yearly

with new information and it is a required textbook for students in education.

Taboh, Julia. (2015, Nov. 18). Lack Of Materials Hinders Student Success. The Odyssey Online.

Retrieved from https://www.theodysseyonline.com/lack-of-material

In the beginning of Taboh’s article, she references a piece written by Meredith

Broussard about the effects of standardized testing. She provides information about the

data that school districts need to assure the schools have the necessary materials for the

year, but often this data is incomplete or incorrect due to administration layoffs. I used

this article in my research because she provides a side of the issue that many people do

not think of. I found this source to be credible although it was posted in 2015.