The Evaluation of Ubah Medical Academy
Fathi A. Yusuf
Ubah Medical Academy
Schools around the nation are attempting to find new ways to get their students college ready. The whole country is now focused on educational reforms. Many schools in the state are not providing the essential skills needed to prepare their students for college. Ubah Medical Academy is one of those schools. A self proclaimed “culturally sensitive” school, Ubah Medical Academy is located in Hopkins, Minnesota. It is a very small school with a population of three hundred and sixty students. Those students are predominately of East African descent. Ubah Medical Academy says that “Creating a culture and climate of learning is a high priority at Ubah Medical Academy. Our school is focused on engaging students in academic learning to fully prepare them for college.” They have not succeeded in creating an environment like the one they describe. Through the lack of challenging curriculum and the negligence of the administration to teach social skills, Ubah Medical Academy is failing to teach their students the skills they need to succeed in college.
The article, “What makes a student college ready?”, by David Conley explores how schools can better prepare their students for postsecondary education. Through his research on the topic, Conley found four things should focus on to prepare their students for college: “content knowledge, knowledge about postsecondary education, cognitive strategies, and self management skills.” Conley maintains that the way for students to succeed in college is if schools take extra steps to ensure the success of their students. According to Conley, schools need to create a college environment by teaching self management skills while matching their courses with the standard for college readiness. If schools can follow the guidelines, Conley believes that they can succeed in preparing their students for college.
“Integrated schools: Finding a New Path” by Gary Orfield, Erica Frankenberg, and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley explores the positive effects of integration in school. According to the article, schools have recently started resegregating. The authors the article argues that segregated schools have less experienced teachers and their students have lower critical thinking skills than those of integrated schools. The authors contend that students of segregated schools have more opportunities to learn more about other people and how to interact with people who are different from them. The article provides solutions that would allow schools to be more diverse. These solutions included getting rid of zoning, detracking and “fostering diversity in the classroom.” The authors believe that diversity is an important part of education and that schools should take action to ensure that their classrooms are diverse.
In order for a school to fully prepare their students for college they have to teach...