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    Youth Voices

    Another Obstacle?

    Monica Wang
    7th grade, Kent Denver School, Englewood, Colorado

    How many times have I stated firmly in my head that Kent Denver would be the only school I would ever go to? Far too many. Over obstacles I’ve overcome, my resolve to stay in Kent only strengthened. However, Kent is a private school. The expense is high. Now, Barack Obama has been elected president. I think to myself now, with more than a hint of fear, “Won’t this affect my school?” Days swept by me, but still, the worry remained in my mind. Mom tried to get through my thoughts, asking me what was wrong, but she gained nothing. I knew she wouldn’t understand my conflict of emotions. Inside though, her voice was only a fine needle buried in a thousand others. My jumbled head couldn’t bear it anymore, so I buried myself with homework and studying. More time passed this way, but this method didn’t work either. I had to solve this endless and mindless worrying. I knew that President Obama only wanted to support the public schools, so I had to do some research on what he wanted to do for private schools. Since nothing caught my eye, I felt quite victorious as well as jubilant. I was just about to shift websites when a threeletter word caught my attention: TAX. I thought once again, my mind doing the calculations as fast as it could. I knew then that Obama would start taxing more heavily people that could afford to go to private schools. My mom and dad were already trying extremely hard to keep up with the expenses of my school, and I couldn’t do much to help them. I knew then, that the possibility of leaving Kent and going to another school was much greater than I thought it could be.
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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
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