Mission Statement Extra Credit

The mission of our new CUNY School is to establish a learning environment in which our students are on the right track. We want to make sure all of our students are not lost in their journey throughout college. We created a system for which students can learn what they are proficient in by taking series of classes. We will primarily focus on the students who are unaware of what their goal of college is. Our top of the line advisors will help the students ultimately decide their future.

Our second main priority is focusing on the students that already know what they want to achieve from college. These students will be put on the perfect track to get them where they want to be. We want to make sure that every student leaves this school set and ready for the real world. Ensuring student satisfaction at a low tuition is what we believe the purpose of college is!

Washington Vs. Du Bois

In the 1890s, the Ku Klux Klan terrorism and racial-segregation laws had basically taken over the south. The Civil War Reconstruction had failed to make sure that full rights had been granted to the freed slaves. African Americans desperately needed a way to respond to the white supremacists of that time. Two main advocates for Negro rights were Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois.

Booker T. Washington believed mainly in solving these problems through education. He believed in African Americans educating themselves through trades and investing in their own businesses. Proving to whites the value of their hard work could have an impact to the American economy. Du Bois also believed in self-improvement through education. However, he believed that first they must get rid of segregation. Du Bois criticized Washington’s acceptance of racial segregation because he felt that it only encouraged whites to deny African American rights.

I believe that Washington’s vision is more compelling only if it is the last resort. If there was no other way of getting out of racial segregation without violence and rioting, then showing white leaders the value of African Americans in society is the way to go. Washington believed that through working hard and improving yourself with education would show white supremacists their real impact in society.

The Story of John Jones illustrates the clear differences of being raised white verses black during that time period. It shows how even coming from a less-fortunate home one can still bounce back and make something of them selves. It addresses the issues between Dubois and Washington because it shows how even through racial segregation John was able to learn from it and better his community through his newfound knowledge of society.


1) Do you agree with Du bois or Washington’s method of approaching segregation?

2) Would you “accept” racial segregation if you felt that proving to society the value of the African Americans was the only way out?


Works Cited

Washington, Booker T. “Industrial Education for the Negro.” Teachingamericanhistory.org.

Du Bois, W.E.B. “The Souls of Black Folk.”

Costly, Andrew. “Three Visions for African Americans.” – Constitutional Rights Foundation. Web. 11 Oct. 2016.



Equality for all!

It is nationally known that the U.S. educational system isn’t perfect. It, at least, wasn’t what it used to be. A main flaw in the education system is separation through social classes. Are students of lessor fortune given less opportunity to achieve their goals in life? Chana Joffe-Walt wanted to test this question by introducing the privileged, more expensive side of education to a less-fortunate school in the Bronx.

The students right away noticed an outstanding difference. One of the students from the public school in the Bronx, Melanie, stated it was just like she imagined high school to be like when she was a child. However, their harsh reality isn’t this up-scale, private institution; it is a run down, small public high school in a ghetto part of the Bronx. Melanie was one of the only students that didn’t keep her emotions inside when seeing this school. She immediately started screaming and crying that this is unfair.

Melanie was a girl from the ghetto part of south Bronx. She grew up loving books and education. She had straight A’s in high school and the teachers loved her. Melanie was one of those individuals that people just knew, without a doubt in their mind, that she will make it big in life. One of the main things stopping her was the lack of opportunity she had growing up. She didn’t have the money to go to an elite institution and she felt that the high colleges wouldn’t even consider her because of the type of high school she went to.

However, she was given the opportunity to go to the university of her dreams with a full scholarship. It was a long, emotional process and she didn’t end up getting in. Melanie was so devastated; she completely backed out of her dream to go to college and disappeared. Jonathan was a similar case. He is a kid that grew up in a foster home through out high school and never saw college in his future. He was motived by his girlfriend and realized that he was very intelligent. Jonathan ended up going to the university he applied for but flunked out. He was afraid to speak up about the fact that he was unable to purchase the textbooks.

Raquel was in the same shoes as both Jonathan and Melanie. She didn’t have the money or opportunities just like they didn’t. However, she was able to over come everything through hard work and dedication. She didn’t give up and she wasn’t afraid to speak up about anything that wasn’t going right. Raquel made it through college successfully and is now a teacher.

Melanie was right when she said that the education system was unfair. She was right when she stated that kids of family with money have way more opportunities than kids of less fortune. She was right when she told her teacher Pablo to “be fucking realistic” about her going to Harvard because a public school like the one she went to didn’t teach them with such high prestige. However, if there was one thing I learned from this podcast, it is that no matter what circumstances you are forced into, there is always a way out. It may not be as easy as it is for others, but the main part is to just focus on what you do have rather than what you don’t have. Raquel was able to do that. She achieved her success by focusing on herself and not giving up.


Do you believe that under-privileged students can make it out of these tough situations through hard work and dedication?

What are ways to make sure every student gets the same opportunities for their future?

Works Cited

Glass, Ira. “Transcript.” Home. WBEZ, n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2016.
Glass, Ira. “#550: Three Miles.” SoundCloud. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2016.

Allen Shimonov – My Introduction

Hello class, my name is Allen. I am a freshman in Queens College. This class was actually my first class in college. I am a biology major. I have a huge passion for medicine and hope to become a pediatrician one day. Writing has never been my strong suit but I have noticed it has improved in the past couple of years. I struggle in organization and expressing my thoughts clearly. My goal for this class is to significantly improve my writing skills. Reading is definitely of strength of mine. I find myself constantly focused on the class discussions about the texts because I feel it improves my understanding of the readings.