By Deziree Garrick
My Research Project is about how the curriculum taught in urban school districts is outdated and not reflective of the student population. It is necessary for students to see themselves in their coursework, because it allows for a connection to be formed between the student and the content. Once that connection is formed students become engaged and more willing to delve deeper into the work. We must ask ourselves, "what was our educational experience missing", or even "In what ways can our students help us to create a new learning experience". For far too long we have given our students the bare minimum and the time is now for students and teachers to unite and really push for an education that is second to none. My topic idea is incredibly important because it impacts our future generations. Giving the generations to come a valuable education is one of the best gifts that we can give to our children, and to be able to put them in a better position to become successful benefits us all in the long run.
By Noah P. Smith
The public school curriculum isn’t built by teachers and it harms students in the long run, because of this students aren’t learning skills that help them outside of the classroom. The research suggests that high school students aren’t learning how to live outside of school but actually just prepares them for college. “You will find yourself wondering about all the time you spent on the subjects that do not matter in real life. Schools help you get into a college. They do not prepare you for the life ahead of you, and so many students and fresh graduates have trouble saving money and even paying their bills.” - The Black Sheep Community. Most students graduate high school at the age of 18 where they can do a lot more by themselves but without life skills or a plan they fail to be able to pay off debts or bills they might have.
By Yasir Mungani
Prioritizing mental health in minority communities is important now more than ever. Health literacy would be the first thing we strengthen if we are to make everyone understand what exactly mental health is. Focus the billions we spend on translation and interpretation services to a more defined scope and target the community leaders of these minority heavy areas. Mental health conversations should happen more often and we should strive to create an environment that allows questions to be asked and answered with no shame. Once we understand mental illnesses and exactly how much of an impact they have, we can move on to address prevention causes and what we have in store to help each other to lead healthy lives. Prevention causes such as holding weekly meetings in the community to teach parents how they can be allies to their children, how they can be allies to each other since mental illness spares no one. How can mental health be more than a unit in our health classes in high school, we should work towards making students feel comfortable with mental health and give them enough knowledge to know when they’re not okay and that it is more than okay to reach out and ask for help and also make sure who they can go to.
By Dyanna Garcia
An ongoing issue that is currently in all school districts is Bullying. More recently Cyberbullying has become more of an issue. Due to COVID-19, many students have switched to remote learning instead of in school learning. This has caused students to be more involved with technology and social media. Young adults from ages ranging from 12-18 have begun to be more comfortable behind a screen. Though East has a strict “No Bullying” policy, it is still bound to happen, especially online. In a wide range of all school districts more teenagers/young adults are taking advantage of the asynchronous work time. This issue is very important because this causes young adults to change in many ways. For example, bullying can cause a person not to come to school or even use the bathroom simply because they’re scared of the outcome. When at home, students are scared to speak their mind and even post a picture of themselves because of the comments other students have about it. Solutions for this issue will never be followed the way we want them to be because administrators can’t be at all places at once. Some ways we can start to improve a “No Bullying” community are creating more counseling services, monitors for online profanity, clubs/groups to create more connections, and enforcing other students to speak up when witnessing an altercation.
By Boni Hassan
My topic is about teenagers needing to learn how to manage their finances into adulthood. Teenagers now-a-days are having a hard time with managing their money. They need classes in school to teach them how to manage their finances and how to save their money instead of spending their money on things they don’t really need. And teenagers also need to learn about credit cards because if they are not careful they can be in debt and owe the bank a lot of money and that’s not good. We used to have a program at East that taught students about banking, managing, saving money, and how to manage their finances to prepare them for adulthood and we need that program back.
By Elaisa Burke
The problem that I am exploring is “white privilege” and what it does and if it really exists.
I think that problem is important because with “white privilege” it affects certain other races in the world, and it causes problems. Like for example mainly black and brown people get treated differently, like with police brutality with how white people gets treated vs black and brown people. There are many stories of how innocent black people have been killed or put in jail for something they didn’t do or for literally just nothing because of the color of their skin. You can look up articles or go on one of the news websites and see what has happened with black and brown people.