Friday, July 15, 2016

Student Voices

Two days ago, I found a CNN article that was very interesting. It was called, "White Boy Privilege."

A 14 year-old named Royce wrote this poem after taking a Race, Class and Gender class at his school in Atlanta. He starts the poem by apologizing for his place on the social ladder but admits that, "to be privileged is awesome."

Lol, unfortunately, I cannot relate to being privileged. However, I think it's great that he recognizes this and was exposed to difficulties facing people who are not privileged.

We typically, don't take a Race/Gender class until we get to college, so KUDOS to the Paideia School for implementing this program and KUDOS to Royce for writing this poem.

It's refreshing to hear the voices of our students from time to time. Hearing the rhetoric and the vitriol from other adults can be depressing and extremely frustrating at times, but hearing the voices from the younger generation can really revitalize you and put things in perspective.

Check out the article from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/13/us/teen-slam-poet-white-privilege-hln/index.html

There is a youth poetry competition called Brave New Voices, where you can hear more students addressing issues relevant to their livesCheck them out here!

Here is a poem I really like from 2014 called, Somewhere in America


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