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    Youth Voices

    Our Future Is Bright—Let It Shine

    Kaeshawn Allen
    10th grade, Urban Assembly School of Music and Art, Brooklyn, New York

    In a speech Obama said that education is very powerful nowadays and we, the youth, should work harder to achieve greater. He said how he would go to eighth grade graduations and he would see flowers and all the works and think to himself that it’s just eighth grade. And I agree with this statement because an eighth-grade diploma can’t get you anything or anywhere—it can only take you so far. Like Barack Obama said, “An eighth-grade education doesn’t cut it today.” And that’s absolutely true.

    My hope for Barack Obama’s presidency for my education is that he actually comes through with all his promises and statements he made, like better education and cheaper college prices, so everyone that doesn’t have enough money to go to college can actually go and make something of their life. The truth is, without a proper education you can’t do a lot in life, like get certain jobs that pay good money. And without money you can’t do a lot.

    My fear for Barack Obama’s presidency for my education is that he doesn’t live long enough to make anything happen since the skinheads and the KKK are gunning for his head so he won’t be able to get things done. But we can’t always count on Obama to make everything better. We’ve got to take it in our own hands and work until our goal is complete. But hopefully Barack Obama will make it easier for us to do so on the count of making it easier for us to understand subjects and making colleges affordable and easier. With that, America will grow as a nation and we will succeed.
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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