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Building Expectations: Portrait Of Lincoln High School

Each and every stakeholder must be held accountable for student success. There has been a recent movement to degrade and minimize the importance of teachers and the good work that they do. Who fault is it? So far, everyone has pointed the finger at someone else: including those who live and work in our community. What happened to everyone taking responsibility?

Thank you to my Lincoln teachers, who sacrificed so much to teach me the standards, but most importantly about live. You taught me to succeed despite the poverty, the violence, the drugs and the alcohol. Thank you to teachers at Lincoln who still do the same. If the media and the school board won’t acknowledge the work that has been done, know that your students will remember.

I will continue to have high expectations for my students and I will continue to have expectations for my parents and families because they too are responsible for our children’s education. Thank you KPBS for the effort.

May 1, 2011 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Building Expectations: Portrait Of Lincoln High School

I have mixed feelings about the documentary. I think it is great that KPBS shed some light on the affects poverty have on education (using Lincoln as an example), but I believe most educators know this to be true already. I also believe school districts and education policy makers are also aware of the implications. Which is one of the reasons why I am disgusted to see a lack of urgency on a state and federal level to do something about poverty and education. The video is not for educators, it should be for parents and families and it needs to go beyond 30 minutes. The parents and families we need to hear more from are the poverty stricken. The parents who attend all the meetings and make their voices heard on campus are often times not the parents of struggling students.

I am a product of Southeastern San Diego & Lincoln High School. I am what my peers, colleagues and community as a whole call a “success” story. I went into education because my teachers made an investment in my life and educated me through textbooks and beyond. I learned some valuable life skills as a student at Lincoln High School and I am the woman I am today because of my teachers and my high school principal. Graduating from Lincoln and now teaching at Lincoln makes me no expert, but I have a perspective that spreads over 28 years and I am still fighting the same poverty that could have cost me my education and my life.

If one person had all the answers and power to make it right, it would have been done a long time ago. I believe it takes a village to raise a child – and until individuals put aside personal agendas and agree to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, there is for sure going to be a child left behind. The village is inclusive of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members at large. It’s a collaborative effort.

“I want to be the change [I] want to see in the world” - Mahatma Ghandi. My grandma dropped out of school during her 11th grade (at Lincoln), and of her 5 children and 19 grandchildren, I am the only one to attend college. My aunts and uncles had some of the same teachers and counselors I did. My younger siblings were afforded more supports and opportunities in their early childhood education than I could imagine. And it saddened me to see how hard teachers and counselors worked to help my siblings achieve and see no progress. The truth is, my mom, and my aunts and uncles didn’t support the schools effort and as result the family cycle (for lack of a better phrase) of school not being a priority still persist. I share this to say that pointing the finger does not always lead to a solution. As an educator I tried to help my family and I watched other educators try to help my family. Poverty is just as much mental as it is physical and financial.

May 1, 2011 at 6:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )