Student Voices: New Orleans perspectives

These pieces are a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and high school students at Bard’s Early College in New Orleans. The teenagers wrote opinion pieces on whether all students should be encouraged to attend college, the value of alternative teacher preparation programs such as Teach For America, the importance of desegregation, or the best approach to school discipline. See all our Special Reports

Glenn Sullivan

New Orleans schools should stop hiring so many teachers who don’t understand the students’ culture or backgrounds

The lunch period ended like so many others. After the bell rang, students raced up the stairwell, not in a rush to get to class on time but to finish…

Can kids tell whether they’re being taught the Common Core?

This school year, teachers around the country changed their curricula to meet the new Common Core standards, a national set of standards mapping out what students should learn in math…

Merlin George graduated this spring from New Orleans' Lake Area New Tech Early College High School. He will attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the fall.

Strict rules have helped boost academic performance in New Orleans, but some schools go too far

School was a complete joke to me as a young child. I thought it was just a place where I could come and socialize, play around, eat the free lunch…

Erin Lockley

Strict discipline can help students —as long as schools stay flexible

The schools that have opened in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina are very diverse, but one thing many have in common is strict rules. This is a big difference from…

Alexios Moore is the academic director of Bard Early College in New Orleans

How the liberal arts empowered New Orleans high schoolers to make their voices heard

The debate around education policy in our urban schools has been dominated by various institutional stakeholders — by foundations and politicians, charter school organizations and unions. Student voices are too…

In their own words

As part of a collaboration with Bard’s Early College program in New Orleans, The Hechinger Report has been asking teenagers to share their opinions on everything from discipline in…

Teach for America has brought new energy to New Orleans schools

​After Hurricane Katrina, I started a new middle school called KIPP Central City, one of many charter schools that has opened in New Orleans. The entire KIPP environment (KIPP stands…

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Kenyatta Collins

New Orleans schools feel too much like prisons

Is my high school, Lake Area New Tech, a prison or school? Students arrive ready for school every morning, but unfortunately must wait outside the building until security guards unlock…

Thea Tucker

Why I wish my guidance counselors would stop talking so much about college

In New Orleans schools there are a lot of teachers, principals and guidance counselors who encourage students to go to college so much and so vigorously that it seems as…

Damia Williams, 17, is a student at New Orleans’Edna Karr High School.

School desegregation matters, but should be left to personal choice, not public policy

Growing up, I attended some schools with very little racial diversity —and others with a lot. I started off at Johnson Gretna Park in a New Orleans suburb, which had…

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