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What NYC Teens Actually Think About the SHSAT

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In June 2018, I began to hear news about then-Mayor Bill de Blasio wanting to do away with the Standardized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), the exam New York City students take to get into one of eight specialized high schools. These specialized schools are seen as huge stepping stones into elite colleges.  Instead, the […]

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Wondering About Where I Fit In

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For the first six years of my life, I grew up on the island of Trinidad. I spoke with an accent, pronouncing three as “tree.” I ate Carribean food like roti, aloo pies, and pelau. I was accustomed to drinking water straight out of a coconut, eating mangoes from my grandfather’s mango tree, encounters with […]

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How I Fight Racism Both in the World and Within Me

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Before George Floyd’s murder, I didn’t focus much on racism I’d experienced. But Mr. Floyd was just a normal Black man trying to get through another day in his life, just like my father, my uncle, or my older cousins. That infuriated me enough to see that I couldn’t ignore any more of the microaggressions […]

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Stereotyped Into Silence No More

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In 2nd grade, my White teacher wrote on the dry erase board: “character traits/adjectives.” “Who knows an example of a way you can describe a character?” she said, her voice barely reaching the back of the room. The room remained quiet. She looked around the class. “You could have a character like Kaylee, who is […]

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