Yu Jung Wang


  1. Education is certainly a driving factor as well as a cause of economic and social troubles in many parts of the world. The limited budget in Syracuse is absolutely one of the driving issues, but what about the lack of safe, productive, and affordable after school activities for students? A simple way to encourage kids to engage in productive activities that will keep them out of trouble is to provide them with a wide variety of programs to choose from (sports, art, music, science, math, reading, language, etc.). It is also necessary for students to not feel the need to drop out of school in order to earn money for their family. This gets to the deeper issue of poverty. In Syracuse in particular, many families are living in poverty, which can only be fixed by larger-scale economic and social programs providing adequate jobs and incomes to parents.

  2. Do you know how Community Geography decides upon the next issue to map? Perhaps if there is some sort of process in place to choose the topic of examination it would be interesting to look at, and could perhaps become applicable as foundational research in your project. Or do they just choose random issues to map, and then interpret the data – which is another method that could reveal new information one might have overlooked/deemed a nonissue otherwise. Do you think the most important benefit of mapping is to target areas in need of intervention?

  3. I believe that what your analysis of the mapping provided by Community Geography shown in the layers of information relating to the dispersal of primary and secondary education facilities for children in the greater Syracuse area can be best summed up by lack of resources. However, I do not wish to reduce it to that simple of a matter. Like many post industrial cities, Syracuse had experienced it’s economic boom and now that that industry has run dry the jobs and income have been drained. In response, many of those who can afford it have moved away from the city center and into the suburbs. The next layer of information is that the population distributions can usually be divided into groups based on race and income. Sadly this places most minorities in the inner city and the white population in the suburbs. The city of Syracuse does not accurately serve each population based off of their needs in the case of education and services provided. If those know need education the most cannot receive it due to lack of funds or access than the program is unsuccessful and should be changed. However, that is not our place. Our role in this would be figure out the exact reason as to why this has come about. It would probably be best to research the ‘societal norms’ of those living in under served areas and see if their input would have any effect on their children’s education and future. The problem must be addressed at it’s root and not just the layer of physical institution.

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