In School for the First Time, Teenage Immigrants Struggle

Fanta Konneh is the first girl in her family to go to school. Not the first to go to college, or to graduate from high school. Fanta, 18, who grew up in Guinea after her family fled Liberia, became the first to walk into a classroom of any kind last year.

“Just the boys go to school, so I always knew I was left out,” said Fanta, a student at Ellis Preparatory Academy in the South Bronx. “But here, I am trying. I can say many things I did not ... Full Story »

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Subjects: World, Education
Topics: Global Literacy
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Posted by: Posted by Kristin Gorski - Jan 25, 2009 - 7:41 PM PST
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Kristin Gorski
4.3
by Kristin Gorski - Jan. 25, 2009

An original, insightful and in-depth look at a sub-group of New York City's complex and diverse student population: immigrants entering school for the first time as teenagers. Solid sourcing throughout, including current research by a linguistics professor at City University. The accompanying video and PDF of selected students' memoirs help convey what many students have had to face in their young lives and explains their views on the importance of education.

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Dale Penn
4.4
by Dale Penn - Jan. 28, 2009

This story provides an informative look at the seemingly insurmountable problems facing undereducated students as they attempt to assimilate into the American educational system. Fascinating.

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