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Changes In Future Education

By Fernando Bustos

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Cuts in Education

During this time of great change in our every day life, I have noticed that in my school there are changes to come for the following years. The changes in the economy have hindered the possibility of future extra-curricular activities and other programs in our schools. Cuts in the school staff have also been a result of the recession, meaning that they have been giving out pink slips to many teachers. These changes have become an awful thought for teachers as well as me. I thought that it would have no effect on me, when teachers are being laid off, but now that I see what happen when there are fewer teachers to teach. This has become a concern for me, since it would affect my education and after school goals for the future. These major changes have affected everyone in their future goals for their education.

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Soy Chicano

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By: Jose Montoya

Being a first generation immigrant, I often feel that people don’t see me for what I am. There are times I feel like I don’t belong. I am Mexican, I know I’m Mexican but I just don’t feel Mexican. When I’m at school people often tell me that I’m Mexican or that I act hella Mexican. When I think about being hella Mexican I think about Mexican dancing, and listening to Mexican music. When I go to Mexico it seems I’m the opposite of what they tell me I am at school. In Mexico, they say I’m an American and they always seem like they’re mad at me. They ask me questions about America, like why we spend so much money on clothes. They think I’m a show off and that I’m ignorant. I really don’t know why America does things, because I’m just another person living in America.

I love where I’m from and I love my culture but I’m living the American lifestyle. I feel that first generation kids are losing their culture because I know I am. My house doesn’t look like a typical Mexican house. It looks like a house straight out of Ikea or a Martha Stewart magazine. Spanish and the food I eat are the only reasons I still feel connected to my culture. Your culture is your roots and what you are, and very important to have. Living the American lifestyle is cool because you get to express yourself by the way you dress and you get to throw your own style in it, and you get to do what you want. As a Chicano I understand I am a Mexican and American. I represent my Mexican heritage while living my American lifestyle.

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Tyracy Influencing School System

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by: Tyler Clark

Teaching is a very difficult task; however teachers should always be encouraging to their students. There is nothing wrong with a teacher giving a student a compliment like, “good job” ornice work”. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying for teachers to baby anyone. I am about to be sixteen years old and I know that teachers feel they shouldn’t have to babysit. But when a teacher is making the kids feel like they are not wanted in the classroom, there is a problem. I had several experiences with a teacher, who put the class down and used his authority to belittle us my English teacher this year has made me stay after school for detentions when I had not done anything wrong. When I ask why I am in trouble he tells me that he doesn’t like me and that I can’t do anything about it. He makes it clear to me that if I refuse to stay for the detention that I will receive a referral. I have overheard this teacher say racist jokes and laugh about them. And if anyone says anything about him, the first thing he does is give a detention or send out a referral. I just get so frustrated when my teacher does these things. I said something to him once, and all he did was just blow me off. One day a kid was getting jumped right outside of our classroom and I told him to do something. He simply shut the door and called the office. After everything was taken care of, one of my teacher’s friends walked into the room. He asked him did he see who was jumping the kid. My teacher tried to whisper that it didn’t matter because they were black and they all look the same to him any way. But I was being disrespected as an African American female. I never said anything to him about it. My mother taught me to always respect adults no matter what. But sometimes I get tired of the remarks and want to stand up for myself. I’m worried that he will try and lower my grade or get me suspended. My teacher has said that he hates teaching kids. If he hates his job so much that he shouldn’t have gotten in the profession in the first place. I refuse to let one teacher make me feel defeated. One day he will go too far with his jokes, telling us we’ll never make it. Hopefully some other authority will take action, but until then, I’m just going to have to sit and wait till the day I graduate. And I will show him that I can do whatever I put my mind to.

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Teaching Style

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photo: Amin Tabrizi/ creative commons- attribution- non-commercial- no derivative works

by: Nathaniel Lashley

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Last week, in my California history class we had to take notes on a novel we read. The next day our teacher had us write the same notes from the day before. And every day after we had to write the same page of notes, over and over again. A few days ago we had to read a chapter from a text book. The chapter was just fact after fact. The pages were full of information strung together in the most boring, uninteresting way possible. Throwing facts at me does not help me learn. Reading facts without anything interesting to pull it all together makes the reading boring and not useful. Taking the same notes over and over is discouraging and makes you block out the useful information. Taking notes shouldn’t be just copying what is on the white board like machines. Text books are to factual and are only good for drumming information in your head without real understanding. They should be written for students of our age not for the people who majored in the subject. If they changed these things students would do better because they would actually know what they were saying not just repeating it like parrots. I believe that children can’t learn through the tedious and repetitive way that has been used and they should be taught more interactively. There should be more group activities, guest speakers, and more trips outside the school. Learning should be more interesting so you can grasp and understand everything.

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Fitted for the Ladies

BY: JAYVON CALHOUN

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THE WAY A PERSON DRESSES REFLECTS THEIR PERSONAL STYLE AND IS THE FIRST IMPRESSION OF HOW THE WORLD OBSERVES YOU. FASHION IS A WAY OF LIFE, IT IS MY LIFE. FASHION SHOWS A PERSON’S STYLE, PERSONALITY, SWAGGER AND MANY MORE QUALITIES. ALL OF THESE QUALITIES MEANS A LOT TO PEOPLE AT MY SCHOOL; IT’S A BIG COMPETITION ESPECIALLY AMONGST THE GUYS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO LOOK GOOD FOR THE GIRLS. IT IS AN UNSPOKEN COMPETITION BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO LOOK THE BEST IN ORDER TO GET THE MOST ATTENTION. WHEN I’M AT SCHOOL I’M NOT GOING TO LIE I LIKE THE ATTENTION BUT IM NOT CONCIETED. IT’S JUST THAT I WANT THE GIRLS TO SEE THAT I TAKE PRIDE IN HOW I LOOK. AND YOU NEVER KNOW I CAN COME TO SCHOOL WEARING SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT BECAUSE I USE FASHION AS A WAY TO BE CREATIVE. I WANT THE GIRLS TO LOOK AT ME AND SAY “WOW” HE’S FRESH. IF SOMEONE WAS TO COME TO SCHOOL LOOKING FRESHER THAN ME I WOULD GO HOME GET MY BEST OUTFIT AND COME BACK LOOKING BETTER THAN BEFORE. I FEEL THAT I SHOULD LOOK AND BE THE BEST DRESSER EVER, BUT THAT’S JUST ME AND I’VE BEEN LIKE THIS SINCE THE THIRD GRADE. FASHION IS MY NATURE IT’S WHAT KEEPS ME PUSHING. WHEN SOMETHING GETS ME DOWN OR UPSET I TAKE A LOOK AT MYSELF AND LAUGH IT OFF AND LEAVE WHAT HAD ME MAD IN THE PAST. EVEN THOUGH IT BRINGS UP MY SELF CONFIDENCE, FASHION AIN’T EVERYTHING. I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE’S MORE TO ME THEN JUST FASHION.FOR YOUTH RADIO, I AM JAYVON CALHOUN.YOU CAN HEAR MORE OF THIS COMMENTARY AT YOUTHRADIO.ORG

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Braiding

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By:Angel Butler

One thing I love doing is hair. I started doing hair when I was about 12 or 13 years old. One of the styles I love doing is cornrows in creative directions like, zig zag or spiral. I usually do my little sisters hair or friends at school. I do get paid to do it sometimes, but its something I enjoy doing, so most of the time I do it for free. When braiding hair there lots of steps you have to do. The first thing you do is get all of the hair supplies you need. You need a small tooth parting comb, a brush, some rubber bands, hair gel or something to keep the braids held together and a wide tooth comb. Second, you make sure the hair your braiding is washed and blow dryed. Third, you comb out the hair and then part it with the small tooth comb, in which ever direction you’re going to braid it. After that you take three pieces of hair in the area you parted and lay one over the other over and over while grabbing the hair underneath it. Last but not least, you take a rubber band and tie it around the end of the braid. Then you’re done. To keep your hair neat for as long as possible you need to make sure to keep it wrapped in a head scarf or bandana when you’re sleeping, and those are the steps for cornrows.

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Growing Pains

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BY:YARELY MORENO

 

GROWING UP HAS NOT BEEN THAT EASY, ESPECIALLY BEING A PERSON OF COLOR. MY PARENTS LEFT THEIR MOTHER LAND JUST TO GIVE ME A BETTER LIFE. BUT I ALWAYS ASK MYSELF “WHAT EXACTLY IS THE BETTER LIFE?” THEY ALWAYS TELL ME WE WANT YOU TO HAVE A BETTER FUTURE, BETTER THAN THE ONE WE HAD. FOR EXAMPLE  WITH EDUCATION, THEY TELL ME YOU’R NOTHING WITH OUT IT, “IF YOU GO TO SCHOOL YOU’LL HAVE A CARREER AND MONEY, SOMETHING THAT WE DID NOT ACHIEVE. WE DON’T WANT YOU TO END UP LIKE US”. BUT SOMETIMES THE PRESSURE GETS TOO INTENSE. JUST TRYING TO DO WHAT OTHERS WANT ME TO DO. BUT SOMETIMES IT’S GOOD TO HAVE OTHER PEOPLE THERE TO PUSH ME BECAUSE IF IT WASN’T FOR THEM I DON’T KNOW WHERE I WOULD BE.  SCHOOL, FRIENDS, FAMILY AND GROWING UP IN GENERAL ALL OF THAT COMBINED MAKES A LOT OF STRESS FOR ME. I ALWAYS TRY TO STAY ON TOP AND GET GOOD GRADES BUT IT GETS TIRING AT TIMES. MY MOM IS ALWAYS LIKE “THAT IS YOUR ONLY RESPONSIBILITY!” BUT IT’S NOT TRUE THERE IS SO MUCH MORE GOING ON IN MY LIFE THAN JUST SCHOOL. FOR EXAMPLE, WITH MY FRIENDS, THERE IS A LOT OF UNNESSARY DRAMA AND IM JUST SO OVER IT NO ONE IS EVER HAPPY.  AND WHEN IT COMES TO MY FAMILY, IM JUST TIRED OF HAVING TO ALWAYS PLEASE THEM AND SOMETIMES THEY DON’T EVEN APPRECIATE WHAT I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. AND JUST ME REALIZING THAT IM GROWING UP IT MAKES ME A STRONGER PERSON, MAKING MISTAKES AND LEARNING FROM THEM. IT GETS HARD SOMETIMES BUT IT’S PART OF LIFE. HONESTLY I GUESS IT’S ALL PART OF THE “TEENAGE YEARS”. TEENAGE YEARS ARE HARD AND WE ALL GO TROUGH THEM AND WILL EXPERIENCE THEM. DON’T LET IT BRING YOU DOWN THEY SHOULD ONLY MAKE YOU STRONGER AND WISER SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU JUST HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO LET IT GO AND SMILE.

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