“We the undersigned support the effort to sustain African-American and Latin-American Literature courses as accredited courses to meet the basic 4-year English requirement outlined by the State of Illinois’ Department of Education and Chicago Public Schools, as these courses encompass all the requirements for English III and English IV, as has been the case since 2008.
We believe that the study of African-American and Latin-American Literature is in no way of lesser academic value as the study of British Literature, which all Juniors will be defaulted to take for English III, and the European heavy curriculum of World Literature, which all Seniors will be defaulted to take beginning in the academic year of 2013-2014.
We believe that it is unjust to subject the students’ interested in taking African-American and Latin-American Literature to only be allowed to take it ONLY if they have “room” for an elective in their schedules.
We believe the African-American and Latin-American Literature courses of Jones College Preparatory High School should be applauded and replicated for their continued positive impact on Jones’ alums at the post secondary level; these courses should NOT be belittled and undervalued within the Jones’ community, the Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois.”
PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO MY FORMER HIGH SCHOOL SO THESE CLASSES DON’T GET TAKE AWAY!
“As a former JCP student, I got the chance to take a class that really changed my life. Latino Lit. allowed me to see myself in what I was learning as I developed my own voice simultaneously with my academic voice. It validated my feelings, and I began a journey of consciousness that I am continuing here at Northwestern. African American and Latino Lit. classes must remain accredited English classes at Jones – there is no other way. I got to connect with my classmates and my history in a way I never had before. That class was therapy. Students fought and organized to get these classes implemented at Jones in the first place. We have the responsibility to ensure that future students have the opportunity to challenge themselves and feel a part of something so much larger and beautiful. CPS and Jones, are we the next Arizona? Support your students! And students, keep organizing!”
HELP US GET TO 600!! ❤
I knew a lot of kids who went to Jones. My African-American Studies class in my Chicago public high school was one of the best classes I ever took, definitely the most formative, including my time at a fancy Ivy League college. This shit’s important. Which is why I push my students in this same direction now.