Here’s a comment I got randomly in my Facebook inbox responding to my last article on good.is. This comment definitely gave me the chills and is not just directed to me, but everyone who works at City Year across the country.
I am an avid Good.is reader and when I read your article something told me I had to contact you. I couldn’t find your email address on the website (probably to keep people like me away!) so, I did the only rational thing someone our age does now, Facebook creep.
In all seriousness though, I want to thank you for what you are doing not only for the kids at the school you’re placed at, but for what you’re doing for the education system in general.
I am unfortunately part of the system of conflict you wrote about. I work for Michelle Rhee, yes that Michelle. I have, at times, become disillusioned by the incredible divisiveness that education reform now brings about. What I do, what individuals on either “side” do doesn’t matter anywhere near as much as what people like you and the teachers you work next to everyday do.
I wholeheartedly believe quality education is the answer to many of the problems plaguing America. Change in quality will not come from any policy made, any speech given, or any strike line walked. The change in quality will come from the passionate, caring, and incredible people like you. People like you who wake up every day with a smile on your face ready to take on any challenge thrown your way in hopes that you will help even one student achieve.
Thank you for what you are doing for the education system. Please always remember the incredible and life-altering impact you will have on the students you work with, their school, and the community that surrounds it.
I read this to my team during first circle last week and hope to share it with the rest of y’all at CY. Always remember that we are the change many of the schools we work at need.