Schools across the country are re-opening their doors this month to begin a new school year. This is a time that should be full of promise. But due to the current climate in this country, it is also one of fear and divisiveness.
I was raised in the black church but wouldn’t call myself religious. I start my Sunday mornings, however, by tuning into Krista Tippett, producer and host of On Being on NPR.
Roll call, check. Additional enrollments, check. Syllabus review, check. Course and textbook requirements, check. The first day of the semester would then typically begin with a simple quiz consisting of 10 true or false statements: "All men are created equal." "Everyone has a voice." "Stereotypes do not matter." The list goes on. This “pop quiz” was my way of getting students in my political science class to share their reactions to these accepted truths.
This blog is the second in a series of junior Forum for Youth Investment staff and interns sharing their perspectives and engaging with the Forum’s Changing the Odds concepts.
Getting into college is a goal for most young people. Recently, Frank W. Ballou High School, a public school in a low-income community in Washington, D.C. made national headlines due to its 2017 graduating class accomplishing a 100% college acceptance rate. This news shocked many, given reports concerning staff turnover and low test scores in the months prior.