Trayvon Martin Walkout

24 04 2012

Photo Taken by Aleanna Santos

This is fairly late but better late than never, right?

Well, as you may (or may not) all know, Trayvon Martin was a young African-American male who was shot and killed by a Hispanic man in Sanford, Florida late February.

On April 4, I was walking to my fifth period class when I suddenly noticed a large group of students crowding around the front gate of the Fremont campus. I assumed it was just a brawl between two students but later found out the group attempted to get off of school grounds, performing a walkout in honor of Trayvon Martin.

Students carried signs and pinned photos of Martin on their clothing, marching around campus looking for a way out.

My friends and I decided to be nosey and followed the crowd to see if the walkout was going to be successful. Eventually, half of the group exited through the front gate and the rest through the back.

I completely understand why students of Fremont felt strongly enough to organize a walkout for Martin, but what I thought was very disrespectful were the ones who took advantage of the walkout and looked at it as a free ticket out of school.

I kind of felt the need to add this story into my blog because on New Year’s Day 2009, a similar incident happened in Oakland. Oscar Grant was also an unarmed African-American man who was shot and killed by BART police.

These kinds of stories stick to the cities its happened in like glue. Once the entire country knows about a colored innocent life being taken away, (in my opinion) it’s hard to forget the past. Because of events like Grant’s, community members will never be able to trust authorities.

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RE: ‘High School Dropouts’ via dosomething.org

23 03 2012

Dosomething.org¬†helps people better their communities by providing information and ideas on how to make it happen. Dosomething.org “believes in young people, celebrates young people, trusts young people, respects and values young people.”

One of their causes included high school dropouts; the causes and effects.

Many people don’t know the actual causes and effects of high school dropouts. Many just assume that a student drops out of high school because they’re “lazy,” or “delinquent”.

Although the assumptions of why a student would drop out of high school is somewhat correct, not enough people know how to prevent it or even help that same dropout get back on track with their life, keeping them motivated.
Thankfully, dosomething.org provides helpful information to assist specific students who are in danger of dropping out. On this specific page of their website, solutions and prevention ideas are provided.
The best way to keep a student from dropping out is to keep them interested, motivated and involved.




California high school dropout rate at 20 percent

20 03 2012

In the article ‘State’s high school dropout rate almost 20 percent‘ written by reporter Jill Tucker in August 2011 of the San Francisco Chronicle, I learned that the state of California’s dropout rate was at 18.2 percent in 2010.

“Nearly 1 out of every 5 students in California’s projected class of 2010 – 18.2 percent – dropped out of high school before graduation day, meaning 94,000 teenagers hit the streets without diplomas, according to data released Thursday,” Tucker wrote.

I didn’t think the overall percentage of students who dropped out before their expected graduation date was too surprising.

What blew my mind was the comparison between San Francisco and Oakland.

“In Oakland, it’s a significant issue. Just 53 percent of the district’s 3,200 high school students tracked over four years graduated, while 37 percent dropped out,” Tucker writes.

“Across the bay in San Francisco, schools fared much better, posting an 82 percent graduation rate and an 11 percent dropout rate.”

I knew the dropout rate in Oakland was nearly at 40 percent, but the number looks worse compared to San Francisco’s impressive 11 percent.

From what I read, it seems to me that the city of San Francisco has a stricter truancy program compared to Oakland. To reduce absences for students and possibly dropout rates for the district, I think Oakland’s dropout rates need more attention. I don’t see a lot of truancy officers taking care of students who cut school around Fremont Federation’s campus and if the truancy program was enforced stricter, absences would reduce.

I remember as a freshman, students felt threatened because the truancy program was very strict, but as the years went by, I notice that even with off-campus lunch banned, students still make it out of the gates without a hassle. If anything, the non-off-campus lunch is what makes students want to leave school even more.