The Crisis in the New Orleans Public Schools
New Orleans poet, educator, and activist Kalamu ya Salaam analyzes the inequities among his city's schools, and describes how the federal government’s “No Child Left Behind” policy, along with state intervention, has affected the school system. Wanting to give students an opportunity to engage in activities outside class, he founded the NOMMO Literary Society, a New Orleans-based creative writing workshop. (”NOMMO” is an Afrocentric term that refers to the power of words to generate reality.) During the program Salaam reads from a collection of student writings on education in New Orleans and leads a discussion with two former students from the New Orleans schools.
Date: November 15, 2007
Location: Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Sponsor(s): Lynch School of Education