Graduation

Posted Dec. 20, 2019

You Can Call It a ‘Lost Decade,’ But I See a Lot of Good Things Happening

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: The spin never stops when it comes to education and it goes into overdrive with the close of a decade. Amidst all the hype of a lost decade and the need for humility from education reformers, I see a glass way more than half full.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 28, 2019

I Never Thought College Was a Possibility, but With My Parents’ Support Everything Changed

It is the week before my high school graduation. The final days and hours are ticking away, and I am anxiously awaiting the moment I…

By NDRE Thomas

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Posted May 24, 2019

José Guzmán Was Accepted Into College But He’s Ready to Start His Electrical Career Now

Richards Career Academy senior José Guzmán knows how to hustle. He learned his confident, easy way with people by selling candy on Pulaski Avenue, a…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 23, 2019

Apprentice Plumber and High School Senior Leonard Ferguson Isn’t Afraid to Tackle the Dirty Jobs

As an eighth-grader, Leonard Ferguson signed up for the plumbing concentration at Baltimore County’s Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, but he wasn’t sold…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 21, 2019

1% of Nurses Are Hispanic Men, High School Senior Salvador Torres Wants to Change That

According to Minority Nurse magazine, less than 1% of nurses are Hispanic men. Salvador Torres, an 18-year-old senior at Richards Career Academy, hopes to join…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 10, 2019

Despite the Odds, Black Students Are Not Only Winning But Are Making History

As activists, we get so bogged down and wrapped up in everything that’s wrong with the education system and often miss out on the celebratory…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 19, 2019

Here’s How We Made Sure My Student’s Dying Father Didn’t Miss Her Graduation

#LoveTeaching Week is a grassroots campaign started by teachers in 2015 as an opportunity to celebrate teaching, leading, and learning in a way that unites…

By Becky Mitchell

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Posted July 10, 2018

That’s Right, Kids, We’ve Totally Ruined the Country. Consider It a Gift.

This post generated a lot of thoughtful responses to which the author has written a reflection reconsidering his approach to race in this particular piece.…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 6, 2018

Let’s Get Real About Graduating Kids, Not Gaming Grad Rates

“Tyrone” sat across from me, leaning forward with his hands wringing in anxiety as I stared blankly at my computer screen. Staring back at me…

By Sean Worley

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Posted May 30, 2018

Congratulations, Graduates! We Don’t Care About You at All.

Hello, class of 2018! Welcome to the last day of your K-12 education and the launch of your adult lives. I know that today is…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Dr. King Would Have Shined a Light on the Shame of ‘Progressive’ Cities. So Should We.

On the day that the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in 1968, he had become increasingly focused on the least of…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

I’ll Believe Chicago Is Progressive When We Close the Gaps for Black and Brown Kids

Shame on it all! In a new report, “The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunities for All,” brightbeam…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Progressives, If We Really Care About Education, Then Let’s Act Like It

In the hallway of my apartment growing up in Brooklyn, there was a poster of a cover from the New Yorker Magazine entitled “View of…

By Zachary Wright 

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