Testimonials for City of Medicine Academy

What's good at the City of Medicine Academy

[NOTE: The following post was originally published in the blog of the Durham Association of Educators. Click HERE to read it and see the photographs.]

For those who are new to this blog, its purpose is to tell a different version of the story of Durham’s public schools than you often hear in the media, in hopes that we can begin to tell a different story about public schools across the county. Ever since Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education issued the “A National At Risk” report in 1983, the dominant narrative about public schools in the U.S. is that they are failing. This argument is then used to break up our democratically-controlled public school systems with charters and private schools that can’t be held accountable by voters. There are a million and one different ways to approach this question, but after touring 35 of Durham’s 54 schools, I will continue to argue that our schools are teaching young people more, and earlier in their lives, than they ever have.

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Student Asia's story

I really appreciate having a program offered like CMA in the Durham Public Schools system because it gives those children who have a passion for medicine get a head start. While there are also some students who aren’t at CMA, we will still be a little ahead of them in the long run. I appreciate wearing the scrubs because you don’t need to worry about what you are wearing the next morning, because it is exactly the same.

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Parent Veronica's story

I love CMA and the fact that it challenges my daughter and makes her work to her full potential. Also Ms. Shearer knows all of her students by first name. That doesn’t happen in high school!!! Normally if the principal knows you by name it’s because of discipline problems, but not at CMA!!!! And if you have a problem Ms. Shearer is right there to help you deal with it. I wish I had had a principal like that when I was in high school!!!

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