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    Youth Voices

    We Trust in Barack Obama: A Story of Immigration

    5th grade, California

    My name is Edely. I’m from El Salvador, and I’m in fifth grade, and I’m eleven years old. I am so happy that Barack Obama is our new president.

    When we were in El Salvador we didn’t have enough food to eat. That’s why we came to the United States, but it was a scary and hard trip.

    My whole family is hoping that because Obama is president we will get immigration papers. My uncle is the only one in my family who has papers because he has been here so many years, but the rest of my family doesn’t. When my mom sees a policeman, she gets scared, but I don’t want her to be scared. With Obama as president I’m not going to be afraid of being an immigrant in the United States.

    When I grow up I want to go to college. I’m glad that Obama is going to try to help children to finish their college and help families. I can have a good job if I finish college. Also, I will feel more proud of myself in finishing college.

    We all trust in Obama. I know he is going to make the world better. He is a kind person.
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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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