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WKCD Youth Action Research Grants Update

from WKCD| MAY 14, 2015



PROVIDENCE, RI —For the past five months, winning teams in our student action research program have been hard at work turning their plans into action. Most anticipate finishing their projects this summer or early fall. While we wait for the final results, we thought we'd share a few early "products." They're the tip of the iceberg, we know.

Root Knowledge, Spring 2015, Edition 2 (PDF)

One of the winners of a WKCD Youth Action Research Grant was a group of public high school students in Chicago who have helped start a student-led journal (Root Knowledge) with well-researched content on socio-economic issues ranging from environmentalism to immigration. Published six times a year, the Root Knowledge Journal gives students a voice in how critical social issues rarely discussed in school might be embedded in the school curriuculum.

In the preface to this new edition, the student editors write:

It seems studying critical issues and accurate histories are classified in most school curriculum. We rarely get to look critically at our own lives, our communities, our city, and the real world. Why is that? Is it classified? Top secret? Off limits? Or what?

In this, the issue, RK wants to know why the topic of Chicago is taught very little in Chicago’s schools, why we rarely get to learn about our own communities, why immigrant students’ first languages and cultures aren’t respected in curriculum, and why Euro- pean and U.S. histories of violent conquest are turned into a love fest of “explorers” and “settlers” among other things.

We also introduce a new series that looks at the critical history of Chicago public schools while returning to student inquiries launched last issue into Ethnic Studies curriculum, critical current events (police killing), textbook comparisons (McDougal’s American History text and CGCT’s Urban Renewal or Urban Removal? text), and the power of local street art in learning. And of course, KinderQuestions returns!

Read on, make critiques, and respond on our RK Tumblr page to anything that stands out. Encourage your teachers, schools, and districts to stop making meaningful issues that personally affect us “CLASSIFIED”.

East Chicago, Indiana Youth Survey (PDF)

In East Chicago, Indiana and hundreds of declining cities like it, leaders from businesses, churches, and schools struggle to understand and fix the problems afflicting their neighborhoods. Rarely do they engage the one group with the most hope and the greatest ability to adapt: young people. The Greenhouse Fellowship, started by recent East Chicago high school graduates, is in the process of surveying over 2,000 city youth about the opportunities they need most. The youth created their survey after months of research and pilot interviews.

13 News Now Investigates: Community Teams Up to Fight the Spread of Hydrilla (Video)

Stopping the spread of the aquatic plant Hydrilla in the Chowan River has become a passion for science teacher Steve Karl and his students at John Holmes High School, Edenton, NC. The invasive species threatens local commercial fishermen, fisheries, boaters, and swimmers. For the past year, the Edenton high school students have been studying and raising awareness about hydrilla throughout their community. They have also created an axle rake to scrape Hydrilla off the axels of boat trailers. Their campaign recently attracted the attention of local media.