10th graders look to research, narratives and their own experience to explore the
We started the 2020-2021 school year remotely, trying our best to maintain the most important aspects of the high school experience, even through a screen. This got us thinking about our unit question, What is the Purpose of Schools? What should we be striving for during this unprecedented school year?
So we learned about different approaches to education, from John Dewey's views on experiential learning, to Dr. Bettina Love's ideas about bringing joy into the classroom. We learned about how the educational system in the U.S. has developed over the past two centuries, and the inequalities and issues it has faced in that time. We saw how racial and economic inequities still affect schools today. We thought about how schools shapes our identities, and sets the foundation for our futures. We opened our eyes to the idea that teenagers experience school in very different ways across the country, and sometimes those experiences can be drastically different even from one county to the next.
We chose to use all this information to write about our past school experiences, as well as our visions for a better future school experience. Under the "Student Writing" tab, you will find stories shared vulnerably by our students, alongside suggestions for the Waltham community. In the other tabs, you will find more information about what we learned, as well as shout-outs to the things we love about our community. Even as we share suggestions for improving our community, we approach that endeavor with care for each other.
Click on the links below to read student writing
10th grade E block Website
10th Grade F block Website