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  • Helena Pasquarella

    This is such an amazing article... I was a teacher for two years in inner-city public school and was frustrated with the curriculum...which is why I often created my own....We were using 10th grade books for students who had 2 or 3 rd grade reading levels....The official lesson plan was "read pages 10-30 and answer the questions at the end of the chapter"... no wonder 50% of the students never graduated!!!! I wasn't able to stay in the system.....and now I am a mother of a 5-year-old who is in Waldorf Public Charter school....... my calling is to bring awareness to Waldorf model of education which is based on community and many of the issues brought up by Dr. Perry... Thank goodness for leaders like him researching and bringing these educational issues to to the forefront. What a light you are Dr. Perry!

  • Zoe-Zoe Sheen

    This is such a wonderful article! Growing up with a slew of standardized tests I knew I wasn't learning as much as possible. The curriculum changes to make sure you answer the questions right, but it doesn't teach you how to think. I saw a drastic difference in the education I got from only three years of private school vs. the rest in public school. I think what helped me the most was the critical analysis I learned in private school; how to look at the bigger picture and other factors.

    Problems with education, poverty and crime are always interlinked because they all affect each other. Dr.Perry does a great job in giving us a real example of why we can't look at each issue separately and that we can't rely solely on data.

  • Bradley Urso

    Great post connecting community with education. That is a much more thorough and practical approach. It reminds me of that saying it takes a village to raise a child. It makes me glad to see this point so eloquently presented. "You will hear the phrase "adult issues" spit about like bad okra." I love it!

  • graceadams830

    The United States high rate of incarceration is mostly about a sentence to hard labor for criminals being the one loophole to the anti-slavery amendment (13) to the Constitution. The prisons are largely privatized and the prison owners get a double dip, both money from government for prisoners room and board and making sure they don't escape, and license to exploit the labor of the prisoners as best they can. Willimantic, where I live now, has over two-thirds of the public school's student body eligible for either free lunch or half-price lunch. The two things those kids need most are safe harbor (too many get killed by Mama's boyfriend) and food. There is no way to teach anybody anything who is scared of getting killed or hungry. I am sure that the interest Pastor Anderson took in Kwame included getting him into safe harbor and fed.

    By the way, the "read more" link led to a page NOT found error. The Andre Perry link led to a long list of Google hits with this article on top.

    • Andre Perry

      We have to see the connections with the criminal justice system. Thanks for continuing to find the article.

  • Alyssia Hargest

    Do posts stay on this site? Or do I need to archive this away - it is so beautiful and inspired and I felt alive reading it! Thank you.

    • Liz Dwyer

      It won't stay on the home page forever, but yes, it will be on the site forever. Still, I feel you because this is definitely one of those posts you bookmark and share with others--incredibly inspiring.

    • Andre Perry

      Not sure actually. I assume they do. Thanks for the love.

  • Paul Norberg

    I agree with the assertions in this article. This message needs conveyed to as many people as possible. Thank you for thoroughly articulating what should be obvious.

    • Andre Perry

      Thanks brother. Sometimes we get lost in the forest for the trees.

  • Kierra Bussey

    Your message needs to be heard in every city throughout our nation! This article makes me excited about the future of education reform because I believe this ideology can prove to really enrich the lives of so many students. So many students that I've taught are not proud of where they call home. However, I have always made it a priority to instill values of community. If we can all strive toward that, I know we can change the game.

    • Andre Perry

      I know we can as well. Thanks for supporting the GOOD.

  • Ashley Stevens

    Andre! I love to see you on GOOD! We must connect about GOOD in New Orleans. I hope you remember me, I'm that girl who couldn't stop gushing over the food at the 504ward luncheon at Ralph's on the Park. I'd love to dine with you and your wife sometime! (Though I know you won't care what I make, since you're the least foodie person in New Orleans.)

    All the best!