Non-Discrimination Policies Empower Students of Color

Sayda Morales
May 2, 2013
Filed under Opinion

Since first learning about affirmative action in high school, I have often asked white college students if they approve of affirmative action. The most common response I have received is an ambiguous answer: The students usually support the idea of affirmative action but not the way it is practiced. I... Read more »

Service: Fundamental to Communities, Student Experience

Sayda Morales
April 26, 2013
Filed under Opinion

All throughout high school I volunteered in various service projects that served the New York City community. Some of these projects helped the elderly, while others helped inner city students like me. No matter the project, I remember feeling so empowered knowing that I had helped improve my community... Read more »

Attention to ACEs can help keep at-risk youth in school

Sayda Morales
April 18, 2013
Filed under Opinion

Did a parent or adult in your household often put you down, insult you or humiliate you or act in a way that made you fear you might be physically harmed? If the answer is yes, then you have scored at least one point out of 10 on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) test. If you were to keep taking... Read more »

Standardized Testing Reinforces Racial Privilege

Sayda Morales
April 4, 2013
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

Whitties come from all different walks of life, but what we all share in common is that we all had to endure standardized testing in order to get here. You remember that feeling in the months, weeks and days leading up to the test as you tried to use all the opportunities at your disposal to ensure y... Read more »

Reflections on 2013 Urban Education Service Trip

Sayda Morales
March 30, 2013
Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Opinion Writers' Blogs

On Saturday, March 16I hopped on the Bolt bus headed to Portland for the Urban Education Spring Break Service Trip. Sitting on the bus, looking out of the window, I could not have predicted the impact that my experiences from the trip would have on my perceptions of education reform, and more importan... Read more »

Schools Should Be Judged by Their Covers

Sayda Morales
March 7, 2013
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

The middle school that I attended, KIPP Academy, occupied half a floor of a building that housed two other public schools. And even though the other kids joked that KIPP stood for "kids in prison program," it was their hallways that resembled a prison and not ours. At KIPP, every single classroom was... Read more »

From Experiencing ACE’s to Acing Tests

Sayda Morales
February 27, 2013
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Writers' Blogs

It is no wonder that Lincoln Alternative High School's mascot is the phoenix. At Lincoln, the students and staff prove that from a sad and despairing place, someone stronger and brighter can rise. On Tuesday, Feb. 26 I attended a panel in which Principal Jim Sporleder, faculty, and a student from Linc... Read more »

Good Schools Should Be a Rule, Not an Exception

Good Schools Should Be a Rule, Not an Exception

Sayda Morales
February 21, 2013
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Highlight

In the previous election, Washington's Proposition 1240, the initiative introducing 40 public charter schools to Washington State over the next five years, was ratified by only a .38 percent margin. This concerns me. Having attended a charter school, I personally understand the significant benefits that charter schoo... Read more »

Knowledge is Power is Freedom

Sayda Morales
February 15, 2013
Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category

I went to high school with Gossip Girl, and as the series suggests, she also made my life quite difficult. Nestled comfortably in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Nightingale-Bamford School, costing almost as much as a Whitman education, loomed over me five days a week for four years. From the mom... Read more »