I came into USC my freshman year having no idea what I wanted to do. I applied and got accepted as a biology major, but quickly realized (even before I stepped foot on campus) that I did not want to follow the same path as my older brother. …


It’s been a long spring break…

In March 2020, USC released me and every other student home for spring break. After months of quarantining, virtual classes, unpredictability, concern, false hopes and checking of New York’s daily case count, I find myself doing much of the same in April 2021. A…


Do you remember taking state tests? When every year in grades 3 through 8 you’d be given a test in english and math? That was a result of legislation passed by President George W. Bush in 2001. Just 3 days after his inauguration, Bush announced his plan for school reform…


One of the things I love about history is learning about different perspectives of a certain event. It is especially interesting when you are taught something about a subject, and then a couple years later you hear a different outlook that completely changes what you believed. This occurred to me…


In my research on public education, I have explored issues with private and charter schools and how school choice can perpetuate inequalities among students. But if our society consisted only of public schools, would we be that much better off? My answer: yes and no. …


The class of student I worked with at John Mack Elementary School (Fall 2019)

During the fall of my freshman year at USC, I decided to join a program called Mission Science. The program is part of Viterbi’s K-12 STEM center and also part of USC’s Good Neighbor Campaign which organizes community outreach initiatives. As an instructor, I work with students at local elementary…


Ronald Reagan once said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.”

During the current pandemic, the same can be said about the relationship between students and the public schools they attend. Many tax paying families feel abandoned by the public systems that they deeply rely on.


Hello everyone! Let’s talk about school. I’ll start you off with a question.

How are American public schools doing? Does public education in America set students up for success? For those of you reading this who have gone through the system, you might say, “yes” to the second question based…

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