Tuesday, September 18

The secret lives of 17 year olds

Last weekend's City section in the Times featured New Yorkers who are 17. The Times feature includes oral histories from nearly a dozen teenagers. Some attend private schools and one dropped out of Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, but many others talk about their public schools. A boy waxes ecstatic about Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment, where he notes "you get to go out into the field and study different types of plants and a lot of environmental stuff," and a girl who goes to Talent Unlimited in Manhattan describes her packed extracurricular schedule. Other pieces take a look at kids' college plans and their memories of Sept. 11.

I love getting a view into the personal lives of the kids who attend the city's schools. They are always so much more interesting than a test could possibly show.

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