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  • Spk4good

    This article brought me to tears in a number of places thinking how great it would be to have more public schools like this. I am in my early 30's and have been going to college for the first time these last few years and while it is never productive to think "if only" I understand the importance of teachers teaching depth over breadth and ensuring children leaving school with skills. The typical public school education I received afforded me jobs making little above minimum wage, no hopes for real career advancement and no time or life left for personal enrichment. On top of this I had always been under the misguidance that math and science were not only beyond my ability but to even entertain the idea would be a joke. I am now a biology major and absolutely love every minute of my classes and I have many teachers that inspire and take the time to explain concepts thoroughly. I've thought many times that when I graduate I'd like to get a masters in education to teach at public schools, so that way other children wouldn't have to wonder "if only" and can be thoroughly invigorated daily by the joy of learning.

    • Andre Perry

      Pass the joy of learning along. The evidence of growth reside in people like you.

  • Ruth Stephenson-Tobin

    Finally a school with the right idea. We cannot have schools as an extension of the law enforcement department. Criminalizing children too easily is a very dangerous route. Making young people understand that there are consequences for breaking rules is important and teaching them to take responsibility for their actions is important. We need to educate and prevent crime. Mostly young people are the victims in the senario but end up paying a high price for their mistakes. Schools need to be a safe haven a place where young people are educated not denigrated. Thank you for all that you are doing. Shouldn't every school be like this???

    • Andre Perry

      Thanks for the comment. Every school should be part of a larger vision for education. Too much testing and criminalization keep us from reaching that vision.

  • Juvenile-in-Justice

    This is a GOOD friday dream of education utopia-- well rounded and well thought out. I love a school that differentiates discipline from punishment and keeps the juvenile justice system out of school entirely. Thanks Dr. Andre!

    • Andre Perry

      Thanks family. This vision is very possible. When the community decides, it can be achieved.