Behind the Headline: Graduates from Low-Performing D.C. Schools Face Tough College Road

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Graduates from Low-Performing D.C. Schools Face Tough College Road
Washington Post| 6/17/13

Behind the Headline
No Excuses Kids Go to College
Education Next |Spring 2013

Valedictorians from low-performing inner-city high schools are headed to top colleges, but many will find that they are seriously unprepared for the rigor of college courses. In the Washington Post, Emma Brown talks with some former valedictorians from public high schools in D.C. about the academic challenges they encountered in college. In the Spring 2013 issue of Education Next, Robert Pondiscio looked at the challenges faced by another type of first-generation college students — graduates of high-flying urban charter schools like KIPP — and what is being done to help these students succeed on campus.

-Education Next

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    Urban-American high schools are collectively an intentional joke.

    Take up the White Man’s burden.
    Send forth your sturdy kin,
    And load them down with Bibles
    And cannon-balls and gin.

    Throw in a few diseases
    To spread the tropic climes,
    For there the healthy biggers
    Are quite behind the times.

    And don’t forget the factories.
    On those benighted shores
    They have no cheerful iron mills,
    Nor eke department stores.

    They never work twelve hours day
    And live in strange content,
    Although they never have to pay
    A single pence of rent.

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    And teach the Philippines
    What interest and taxes are
    And what a Mortgage means.

    Give them electrocution chairs,
    And prisons, too, galore,
    And if they seem inclined to kick,
    Then spill their heathen gore.

    They need our labor question, too,
    And politics and fraud—
    We’ve made a pretty mess at home,
    Let’s make a mess abroad.

    And let us ever humbly pray
    The Lord of Hosts may deign
    To stir our feeble memories
    Lest we forget—the Maine.

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    To you who thus succeed
    In civilizing savage hordes,
    They owe a debt, indeed;

    Concessions, pensions, salaries,
    And privilege and right—
    With outstretched hands you raise to bless
    Grab everything in sight.

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    And if you write in verse,
    Flatter your nation’s vices
    And strive to make them worse.

    Then learn that if with pious words
    You ornament each phrase,
    In a world of canting hypocrites
    This kind of business pays.

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    To gratify your greed;
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    Who progress would impede;
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    ‘Tis useless to be mild
    With new-caught, sullen populations,
    Half devil and half child.

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    And, if ye rouse his hate,
    Meet his old-fashioned reasons
    With Maxims up to date.
    With shells and dumdum bullets
    A hundred times made plain
    The brown man’s loss must ever
    Imply heinous CEO’s gain.

    Pile on the brown man’s burden,
    compel him to be free;
    Let all your manifestoes
    Reek with philanthropy.
    And if with heathen folly
    He dares your will dispute,
    Then, in the name of freedom,
    Don’t hesitate to shoot.

    Pile on the brown man’s burden,
    And if his cry be sore,
    That surely need N0T irk you–
    Ye’ve driven slaves before.
    Seize all his shores and pastures,
    The fields his population tread;
    Go make from them your living,
    And mark them with his dead.

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    And through the world proclaim
    That ye are Freedom’s agent–
    There’s no more paying game!
    And, should your own past history
    Straight in your teeth be thrown,
    Retort that independence
    for wealthy whites alone.

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