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  • Matt M

    As a very young NYC educator who has touted the "save the kids" mantra, I think that the City Year Corps would be flawed if it were to promote any other philosophy. The issue with NYC education is that there are too many educators that do not have the passion in their hearts anymore. "Saving" children is not about pigeon-holing and passing judgements on their condition or family; it is about educating students on making better choices, becoming self-aware, self-conscious, and self-confident. In some ways we are trying to undo a spiraling youth cultural that has been eating them whole -- as the Varghese mentions, her student "Jasmine" has all the supports she needs at home, but the truth is, and I can speak to this as a high school teacher, it is the youth culture that is destroying the avenues for success. So to say we have to "save" students is not self-serving. It is a crisis in the education world, the problem is that there are not enough educators doing the job passionately enough, without bias, and with humility.

  • Chris Kruger

    Wow. You are an incredible person with a great amount of humility and clarity of thought. It's recognized and appreciated (: #woeigo

  • Jamila Sams

    Finally, a honest reflection of pigeonholing our youth! Over my years as an educator, I tried to explain this to many self-righteous teachers who wanted to teach in the "inner-city" and save the "at-risk" youth. Susan, you say it perfectly, When I was a young administrator in Baltimore, I unfortunately would get angry and upset when I tried to explain it , so it was not always received well.

    • Susan Varghese


      Thanks so much for reading and for sharing your experiences. I think it's a very common thing, and while the desire to "save" doesn't necessarily come from a bad place, it doesn't actually do students any good.

      I'm with you on getting upset about things you feel passionate about! It's why I write :)

  • NWebber

    Thanks for posting! I have daily conversations about this at the non-profit where I work

    • Susan Varghese

      Thank you for reading! How do those conversations usually go?

  • antwonlee

    That was a great article. Thanks.

  • Jj Mk

    I'm really disappointed that City Year Corps limits the age to join and tutor at 24, I have a lot of life experience at age 40 to offer young students navigating life.