Here is a powerful video on Ted Talks by Linda Cliatt-Wayman, a principal in North Philadelphia.
Linda Cliatt-Wayman attended a low-performing school in the same Philadelphia
neighborhood where she was asked to lead another as a principal. She recalled how
incredibly dark the school was inside:
“I remember saying to myself, ‘How can I educate kids that I cannot see?
Where are the lights? No wonder so many fights. I can’t see anything.’
Instantly I thought about segregation and I thought about how it was supposed to have ended in 1958—I felt trapped, that we were stuck there.
And then what in the world was I going to do to make sure that this also
was a school for students who had nowhere else to go. And I felt how it was
degrading that anybody’s child would have to go to a school like this.”