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    Youth Voices

    Education Brought to a New Level

    Isabelle Pickering
    5th grade, Albert Einstein Academy Charter, San Diego, California

    President Barack Obama shall change and improve my education in so many millions of ways. Why? You are going to find out in this essay. You will find out the reasons President Obama will make a difference in my schoolwork, which will change our world over a period of time. Wait and watch our new generation change the world because of our new president.

    For starters, Barack Obama has two daughters, Malia and Sasha, who have to go to school just like all of us do. Obama probably has to go to school meetings and such. I bet he wants the very best for his daughters and all the children of the nation. We have to do the same things they do in school. We all want beneficial learning, and I think Obama wants the children of the world to get the same education as his own kids. Since he knows what his own children go through, he can understand some of the things other kids go through at their own schools around the whole nation and help with their difficulties and problems. Why would he put us through struggle in school and just give fun times to his daughters?

    Second of all, he will have people pay taxes to give to schools for things like computers, sports gear, playground equipment, books, games, creative seating, gardens, and so much more to make schools more enjoyable! Things that make kids jump out of their beds and rush to get ready for school. He can also spend money on good, educational, and beneficial learning classes like art, science, and technology. He can spend the money on good teachers, ones that are not always telling you one way to do things—the right way and only the right way. Obama will bring my education to a new level.

    Finally, my most important point, I am in the new generation. This generation will rule our future. We need the right education to know how to be the leaders of tomorrow. To survive. Obama will give us the education to learn how to stop global warming. It will most affect us in about twenty to thirty years, but then the adults of today won’t be able to do anything. Only we will know (this generation). Without a good education, we won’t know how to keep this world surviving in peace and harmony. We need a good education for the new generation, for a survivable nation.
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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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