Harvard Educational Review
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    Youth Voices

    My Education

    Emanuel Johnson
    2nd grade, P.S. 132, Brooklyn, New York

    “Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could speak; Martin Luther King spoke so Obama could run; Obama ran so children can fly.”* Barack Obama’s presidency will have a great influence on my education. Barack Obama’s character will influence me to have good character. He’s a good man because he helps other people and schools in need. His presidency is encouraging me to help other people also. I believe I can make a difference even though I’m a kid. For example, I can encourage children to have good character. Obama’s presidency helped me know that no matter what your color is, you can do anything. I can do anything when I grow up, but I just have to study hard. No matter what, I must keep trying to achieve my dream. Barack Obama wanted to be president for a long time, and he made it happen. I have to get an education to achieve my dream and never give up. Obama’s presidency will help schools in need. For example, he might make a law stating not to ever fight in school.

    *Emanuel saw this quote in his classroom at school.
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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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