One of my favorite sections of the paper is “My Take”. It’s kind of like the editorial section- the premise is to submit a personal essay of no more than 500 words with strong opinions. The topics are usually unlimited and offer various points of view. Combing through my articles, I found this one (It’s not right that my calculus textbook is from 1994) and it reiterated for me that poverty sometimes does not have a color, and it is just about wanting the best education possible. My hat goes off to the lawsuit on inadequate state funding for public schools, which bears their last name. McCleary, states “Due to a shortage of classes, I wasn’t able to take chemistry, which would have helped my plans to study engineering in college.” McCleary, states “The court should respect the Constitution, to be leaders first and republicans or democrats second, to put what’s best for our state and our future above politics. It’s right to give each and every kid in our K-12 public schools the great education promised by our constitution.”
Reading this I thought, this is a great in theory, but this is also a perfect time and lesson for this kid to advocate for himself. I truly believe no one is going work harder at your goals than you. Hell, if your school is not offering something, do your leg work and find a program that does and present it to them. I recall in high school the only foreign language that was offered was German. I wanted either sign language or Spanish, as both of those in my opinion were career builders. I found both- one at a local community center, the other at a community college. I presented them to my school counselor, who spoke on my behalf to the board. They agreed, but wouldn’t pay. In return I volunteered my time instead of paying, which allowed me to meet my language requirement and my community service requirement. The lesson here is never give up fight productively for what you need in this world.
What have you fought for?