By Katy Murphy
Thursday, December 13th, 2007 at 5:08 pm in Jesse Dutton-Kenny.
Every day on this blog, we talk about students and their education. So, I figured, why not have some teenagers tell us about it, firsthand? Meet Jesse Dutton-Kenny, a Skyline High School junior, who will occasionally share her musings with us. -Katy
I have been enrolled in Oakland Public Schools for my entire academic career and, believe me, I have a lot to say.
Something that has been on my mind this past year or so is the lack of knowledge that many students have about the world and the international communities around them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a teacher mention a foreign country and have a a classmate respond with “What’s that?”
I really feel that with impending global crises like global warming it is especially important that students know where we are in the world and know a little about our foreign policy seeing as we will be the ones to inherit the earth.
Teachers can play a big role in this too. So far this year, I have heard of at least four trips out of the country at my school that are available to students who are willing to spend a couple thousand dollars or work off the payment. Personally, I have applied for a trip to Mali in West Africa through the organization Building With Books, and a European tour trough Italy, France, and England with one of Skyline’s World History teachers.
I really recommend that students, parents, and teachers all explore their international travel options because it will really help later in life (plus it will make high school much more enjoyable!)
I can’t say for sure how often I will be able to post entries, what with the multiple AP classes I decided to take as a junior, but I will do my best to give you readers a peek into the brain of an Oakland Public School Student as often as possible.