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My name is Akintunde Ahmad, and I am a senior at Oakland Technical High School. I am aware that many of you have heard about my story recently in the news. It is true, I am headed to one of the nations top universities, although I have not yet decided which one. However, at these schools my expected family contribution is still in the range of $17,000 to $28,000. That is why I would greatly appreciate any donations, as many people have expressed that they would like to help me with college tuition in any possible. 

Thank you in advance, 

Akintunde Ahmad

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Apr 17
12:56 am
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kenobi-wan-obi:

what happens to those kids? the ones that clearly showcase talent but can’t for the life of them progress academically. where do they go? what does the system do to/for them when they can’t afford the alternatives? when they don’t have enough economic stability to be put where they can be attended? nothing. we’re put aside and left to rot thinking we deserved it.

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Apr 10
1:34 pm
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ecowatchorg:

thepeoplesrecord:

Los Angeles students protesting neglect of poorer schools took to the streets, and brought their desks with them.
Some 375 empty desks blocked a downtown street, blocking traffic for several hours Tuesday outside the Los Angeles Unified School District offices.
Organizers say the number represents the count of students who drop out of district schools each week.
Protesters want a student voice on the school board, and more funding for English language learners, foster children and low income students.
District officials declined comment on the protest.
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A-mazing.

ecowatchorg:

thepeoplesrecord:

Los Angeles students protesting neglect of poorer schools took to the streets, and brought their desks with them.

Some 375 empty desks blocked a downtown street, blocking traffic for several hours Tuesday outside the Los Angeles Unified School District offices.

Organizers say the number represents the count of students who drop out of district schools each week.

Protesters want a student voice on the school board, and more funding for English language learners, foster children and low income students.

District officials declined comment on the protest.

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A-mazing.

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Apr 10
11:55 am
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thanoblesavage:

Oakland Teen Akintunde Ahmad Has 5.0 GPA, Scores 2100 On SAT, Accepted Into Ivy League Schools

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Apr 8
11:47 am
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boygeorgemichaelbluth:

stonedocean:

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

thinksquad:

Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data — not children. I quit.Source

they’re testing kindergarteners (sp?) now?!?!?

as far as i know they’ve BEEN doing this, my mom used to teach kindergarten and from what i can recall they used to give them standardized tests too.

damn that is so fucked up


Teaching to the test will be the educational death of us all.

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

stonedocean:

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

thinksquad:

Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data — not children. I quit.
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they’re testing kindergarteners (sp?) now?!?!?

as far as i know they’ve BEEN doing this, my mom used to teach kindergarten and from what i can recall they used to give them standardized tests too.

damn that is so fucked up

Teaching to the test will be the educational death of us all.

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Apr 2
9:07 pm
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aljazeeraamerica:

Black preschoolers more likely to be suspended 

Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm.
The suspensions — and disparities — begin at the earliest grades.
Black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students were suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation’s districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child.

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(Photo: Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

aljazeeraamerica:

Black preschoolers more likely to be suspended 

Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm.

The suspensions — and disparities — begin at the earliest grades.

Black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students were suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation’s districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child.

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(Photo: Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

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Apr 1
5:20 pm
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shout out to all the black kids that are about to become the first person in their families to graduate from college this spring.

knowledgeequalsblackpower:

while you’re freaking out about finals, graduation, employment & life in general, don’t forget take a few minutes to let the pride sink in and bask in your glory. 

our people were enslaved and a few generations later, you’re about to graduate from college! you’re amazing. 

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Apr 1
2:03 pm
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bana05:

steppauseturnpausepivotstepstep:

usatoday:

This 17-year-old violinist and aspiring physician was accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. Meet Kwasi Enin. (Photo via William Floyd School District)

:D

Harvard, my man, Harvard.

bana05:

steppauseturnpausepivotstepstep:

usatoday:

This 17-year-old violinist and aspiring physician was accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. Meet Kwasi Enin

(Photo via William Floyd School District)

:D

Harvard, my man, Harvard.

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Mar 31
6:39 pm
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miss-sakura-noki:

breastmilkontherocks:

"Children are required to be in school, where their freedom is greatly restricted, far more than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades we’ve been compelling them to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there’s strong evidence that this is causing psychological damage to many of them. And as scientists have investigated how children naturally learn, they’ve realized that kids do so most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school….Most people assume that the basic design of today’s schools emerged from scientific evidence about how children learn. But nothing could be further from the truth. Schools as we know them today are a product of history, not research.   …. Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are self-motivated, pursuing answers to questions that reflect their personal interests and achieving goals that they’ve set for themselves. Under such conditions, learning is usually joyful. The evidence for all of this is obvious to anyone who’s watched a child grow from infancy to school age. Through their own efforts, children figure out how to walk, run, jump, and climb. They learn from scratch their native language, and with that, they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, charm, and ask questions.  ….
They do all of this before anyone, in any systematic way, tries to teach them anything. This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children reach five or six. But we turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.”

PREACH

miss-sakura-noki:

breastmilkontherocks:

"Children are required to be in school, where their freedom is greatly restricted, far more than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades we’ve been compelling them to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there’s strong evidence that this is causing psychological damage to many of them. And as scientists have investigated how children naturally learn, they’ve realized that kids do so most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school….
Most people assume that the basic design of today’s schools emerged from scientific evidence about how children learn. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Schools as we know them today are a product of history, not research.

….
Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are self-motivated, pursuing answers to questions that reflect their personal interests and achieving goals that they’ve set for themselves. Under such conditions, learning is usually joyful.
The evidence for all of this is obvious to anyone who’s watched a child grow from infancy to school age. Through their own efforts, children figure out how to walk, run, jump, and climb. They learn from scratch their native language, and with that, they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, charm, and ask questions.
….

They do all of this before anyone, in any systematic way, tries to teach them anything.
This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children reach five or six. But we turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.”

PREACH

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Mar 30
12:15 am
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hakuryuusquad:

some people think that school food isnt all that bad and that we’re just whiny teenagers
u fucking get a rock solid jug of rotten milk then tell me that we’re just whiny teenagers

My freshman year of high school i got applesauce for lunch and when I opened it, a cloud of mold poofed out I feel this post on an emotional level

I broke my pb&j sandwich on the table once, it smashed into 7 pieces.

our hot dogs in elementary school were green

Once I opened a ketchup packet that was so old it was dark brown

Also once we had fried chicken and my friend found 2 of its organs in her chicken breast… :, )

Is this American schools? Because British school food is actually really nice, prepared correctly and thrown if out of date.

Yes, American schools. My school’s food is fucking shit. Literally. 

Once at school I heard a rumor where a kid found a cockroach in their cookie.

One day at school we had mayo for our turkey sandwiches and when I opened the packet, it came out yellow.

fun fact: prison food in the united states is better than school food.

In 6th grade, I found a big blob of mold in my chocolate milk.

There was a roach in my salad =\

gotten moldy vegetables

One time in middle school out food had no flavor.

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Mar 28
3:40 pm
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