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    Youth Voices

    A Child’s View on Education

    Shelby Schultz
    3rd grade, The Lamplighter School, Dallas, Texas

    February 3, 2009

    Dear President Barack Obama,

    Your education plans are really going to affect my life. I have a two-year-old sister who is very smart. I think your zero-to-five plan will help her get into my school. I am also really worried because both of my babysitters are in college. I hear them talk about college prices. I am worried I can’t afford to go to college. I also have a zero-year-old brother who can’t sit still. I really want him to get into a good school.

    I am glad about the No Child Left Behind plans because filling in bubbles doesn’t make me smarter. Usually, I keep getting a different answer than the things you bubble in so you don’t learn anything.

    I am in a really great school, and I think your presidency will improve it. After next year, I change schools and hope you can improve the education there too. School is really important to me. I am glad you are the new president!

    Thank you for listening,
    Shelby Schultz
    The Lamplighter School
    Dallas, TX
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    Summer 2009 Issue


    Editors’ Introduction
    Note to Educators
    Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete
    Jeffrey M. R. Duncan-Andrade
    A Dialogue
    Our Selves, Our Students, and Obama
    Jennifer McLaughlin and Kim Kelly
    President Obama and Education
    The Possibility for Dramatic Improvements in Teaching and Learning
    Linda Darling-Hammond
    Promise and Peril
    Charter Schools, Urban School Reform, and the Obama Administration
    Charles Payne and Tim Knowles
    Reclaiming Our Freedom to Teach
    Education Reform in the Obama Era
    Megan Behrent
    Obama’s Dilemma
    Postpartisan Politics and the Crisis of American Education
    Henry A. Giroux
    Second-Class Integration
    A Historical Perspective for a Contemporary Agenda
    Vanessa Siddle Walker
    Equity and Empathy
    Toward Racial and Educational Achievement in the Obama Era
    Prudence L. Carter
    It Wasn’t Easy to Get Here
    Kathleen Mayse
    Obama, Where Art Thou?
    Hoping for Change in U.S. Education Policy
    Wayne Au
    Praise Song for Teachers
    A Call to Action
    Ariane White
    Educating Latino Immigrant Students in the Twenty-First Century
    Principles for the Obama Administration
    Carola Suárez-Orozco and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
    Education for Everyday People
    Obstacles and Opportunities Facing the Obama Administration
    Gloria Ladson-Billings
    An Insurrectionary Generation
    Young People, Poverty, Education, and Obama
    Jay Gillen
    An Earned Insurgency
    Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
    Robert P. Moses
    Barack Obama and the Fight for Public Education
    William Ayers
    Coda: The Slow Fuse of Change
    Obama, the Schools, Imagination, and Convergence
    Maxine Greene