A 10th grade girl who’d moved from Jamaica to Boston was bored with the undemanding science and math classes at her low-performing high school. When the superintendent asked for ideas for small, autonomous high schools, Alafia Spencer suggested an engineering school that would offer advanced classes and let students take university classes. The Boston Globe reports;
In September, The Engineering School will open in Hyde Park — which has one of the city’s most struggling high schools — exposing Boston public school students for the first time to civil engineering and architecture, computer-integrated manufacturing, and biotechnical engineering.
Spencer, who also is captain of the track team, overcame the resistance of teachers pushing social justice, business and health themes.
One told her that teachers, not students, should be driving the proposals because teachers would be affected most by the changes.
”Her telling me that, that only pushed me more,” Spencer said.
She lives with her single mother, a high school drop-out, who works as a babysitter. She wants to go to MIT. Should be a shoo-in.