Ta-Nehisi Coates on what he says to young people who live in tough (or not-so-tough) neighborhoods:
What I have come to believe is that children are more than what their circumstance put upon them. So my goal is to get kids to own their education.
I don’t think I can hector them into doing this. I don’t think I can shame them into doing it. I do think that might be able to affect some sort of internal motivation.
So I try to get them to see that every subject they study has the potential to open up a universe. I really mean this….
I try to get them to think of education not as something that pleases their teachers, but as a ticket out into a world so grand and stunning that it defies their imagination.
Here in Philadelphia, writer Solomon Jones put Coates’ ideas into practice…
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