Some parents feel that the school system in New Orleans is not good enough, and that their children are not getting the proper care that they need. New Orleans’ school system is one of the lowest ranked in the country when it comes to achievement. This has especially been a huge problem ever since hurricane Katrina ravaged the area in 2005.
Due to the not-so-great reputation of New Orleans’ schools, a great many parents opt to send their children to private schools. Unfortunately, a lot of people cannot afford to send their children to private schools. These children end up attending charter schools.
The city of New Orleans developed a district that was all-charter. An enrollment system called “OneApp” was made to gather information about students and place them in schools. Parents and students have a difficult time understanding this system, and it seems that even the city has a difficult time understanding it. New Orleans has invested in a complex system to transport children to schools.
There are a bunch of education non-profits that use wholesome-sounding words like “community stakeholders” to make it look like the education system is working out perfectly.
Some schools are more in demand than others. The application process for these schools is long, tedious and cumbersome. When it comes to getting into the more desirable schools, nepotism plays a big role in whether or not people are accepted. These schools are exempt to the process that OneApp puts people through.
Many parents feel that there should be more done for their children. Their children shouldn’t just be prototypes—test guinea pigs—for a new style of education system. Their children should be given the personal attention that they need. Each child should receive individual attention and critique, and there should be dialogues going on between parents and teachers. Children should not just be ignored, looked at as numbers and carted off here or there. There needs to a serious change in the New Orleans’ education system, and the first step is human contact—not a lifeless app or fancy words.