Student Voices

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…

Stephanie Lee

Teaching your immigrant parents how to apply to college

When I submitted my college applications, I thought the hard part was over. But a few weeks later, I found myself hunched over my computer trying to fill out the…

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…

Kristine Hoang

Computer Science: a branding issue affecting low-income students

If you were surfing the Internet in 2004, you wouldn’t have known that the sophisticated music-hosting website and graphic-design service blog you stumbled upon were being run by a 12-year-old…

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…

Raymond Penaia

Being a model minority comes with a price

In high school I was your cliché Asian overachiever. I took multiple Advanced Placement classes, participated in a variety of extracurricular activities such as my high school orchestra and Key…

Arthur Wang with members of B.O.S.S. - Brotherhood of Social Sciences.

Become a ‘doctor or an engineer’—just not a social scientist

It felt more like an initiation to a secret society than a meeting with friends. In a local cafe in a suburb 10 minutes east of Los Angeles, a group…


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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…

Art integrated into class time at Marguerita Elementary School in Alhambra, California. (Photo: Elisa Perez)

What happens when Alhambra elementary schools lack a dedicated art teacher?

Growing up I was an average student. Art class was the place where I shined. It helped me build self-confidence and explore different career options I might not have otherwise…

I’m the first in my family to go to college thanks to a program my school district cut

My family and I migrated to the United States from Mexico with dreams of a better future and education for my sister and me. But the language barrier made our…