After this announcement, alumni, past principles, teachers, and current students all came together to prevent this decision from becoming a reality. We were rewarded with a decision to keep the school open. Unfortunately, right after this decision was made, the DOE came up with another plan to implement small schools. This plan is the same thing as shutting the school down. It is just a slower process so that when this year's freshmen graduate, they will be the last DeWitt Clinton students.
This decision was hastily approved and will be implemented starting next year. My problem with this scheme is that inner city schools are being punished for scoring low on progress reports, and are receiving less resources every year until they improve. Wouldn't it make more sense to give them more resources to help them improve since it is the schools with plenty that are doing well. I have seen this plan in many schools in the Bronx area, and still am not convinced that this is the best solution.
Education is so important to our American society that our generation will need Doctorates to be safe in our jobs. Yet still, students in inner city areas are not sure if they want to go to college at all. These plans that have all poverty-stricken students in the same areas getting the least resources and guidance in education, while the rich students get the best of everything plus connections from their communities is doing nothing to give us the real benefits of education.
America needs to make more of an effort, starting with leading states like California and New York, to give all citizens the real benefit of Education. Education is supposed to be what gives all people from all backgrounds a level playing field. Instead it seems to be more of a way to distinguish the rich from the poor. If America is to continue preaching true Democracy, I believe education is an important issue that needs to be corrected.