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My Family Taught Me About My Roots

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When I was in elementary school, I noticed that White students were favored by my teachers, from being picked first to be class monitors to being excused when bullying other children. In toy stores, my sister and I looked at rows and rows of White dolls wondering why none of them looked like us. There […]

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Should I Go to College or Make Money?

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After hearing my name announced on YouTube as a graduate of the class of 2020, I felt relieved. I shut my laptop and threw my black cap toward my bedroom ceiling. Later on, my family had a small party with graduation balloons and sandwiches. There was also a chocolate ice cream cake with blue frosting. […]

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Making Schools More Fair, Welcoming, and Safe

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Our writers asked tough questions about the issues they face at school. Here are New York City Schools Chancellor Porter’s positions on back-to-school Covid safety, New York City’s long history of education inequality, student vaccinations, and how to work successfully with a new mayor. This interview took place in July and has been edited for […]

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The Healing Tree

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One spring day in May 2021, I looked out the window and saw the sun peeking out from the clouds. I realized that I had spent the last 445 days mostly alone. I had to leave my room. After a long day of school Zoom meetings, I felt drained. Every day was like the next. […]

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