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Building Expectations: Portrait Of Lincoln High School

I will not jump to be easily offended by this piece because in my opinion it could have been a bit more concise. I myself graduated last year from Lincoln High and am currently attending Stanford University. I can proudly say that Lincoln inspired me to strive for academic excellence and pursue education during a period of my life where education was not of the utmost importance to me. It's easy to point the finger at administrators and teachers in a nation wide debate about education but I feel that this segment tackled the issues of the sociological issues going on behind the scenes. Our student's cannot and should not be subjected to standards that do little to comprehend their daily livelihoods and their accomplishments should not be served with a hint of criticism. Yes, Lincoln is not producing the "numbers" elicited by legislators but this piece shows that many obstacles and hurdles that have been surpassed cannot be quantified. I call to anyone reading this to honestly ask themselves in what way can they make a difference in the lives of students such as at Lincoln. As a product of Lincoln, I know that even the most sincere effort will be met with an initial sense of disappointment, but the history shadowing over our students cannot be eradicated in the course of a couple of year. I applaud the efforts of all the Lincoln administration and its students. It's one thing to sit back and observe and simply label "failure" across the line, but as Mel Collins explained, its a whole 'nother thing to do something about it.

-Enrique Garcia
Lincoln High School '10
ejgarcia@stanford.edu

May 2, 2011 at 1:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )