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Category: Education

San Jose State University: From Progress to Bigotry

In an open letter to San Jose State University, Alyx Goodwin says SJSU continues to ignore Black students and encourages an environment of bigotry. She recounts her first experience of Black activism and organizing at SJSU. However, with SJSU's silence following the recent verdict to not charge 3 white SJSU students with hate crimes after they repeatedly harassed fellow student, Donald Williams, Jr., by calling him "three-fifths"and placing a bike lock over his neck... The university that once represented progress to Alyx, and many others, now feels very different.

The Degrading Experience of Trying to Rent in Silicon Valley

With the entire Bay Area facing a housing crisis, more and more people like writer Cynthia Cruz are struggling to find a place to call home. Cruz is a mother, just received her masters degree and has a full time job. The only thing she has found in her search for a home in the very place where she grew up is a degrading and dehumanizing experience.

DACA: Returning Home To Mexico After More Than 20 Years

After coming to this country as the age of 7, Cesar Juarez finally got a chance to return to his home of Mexico after 20 years of being undocumented once he received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He tells his story of his experience returning to Mexico his home, and then returning to the place he now knows as home, San Jose.

Leaving My Undocumented Life, Starting My College Life

DeBug's own, Adrian Avila at San Jose State University. He made history as the first person in his whole family lineage to attend a 4 year University and has overcome all the struggles as an undocumented youngin' crossin the border with his mama, who raised him as a single mom and still able to be a successful artist, graphic designer, and business owner.

When Teachers Support Students Out Of Their Own Pockets

When Charles Fowler, Yerba Buena High School teacher spent money on his students for class projects they wanted to work on, he didn't care so much about his finances but more about his students need. Now he's fundraising so he can continue the work he's done with his students with this fundraiser.

Score My Common Core

The Common Core Standards is an attempt to elevate standards in learning, and assist students to become critical thinkers and more prepared for life after they graduate. So how do students think their schools are doing in this transition? De-Bug created a survey for students to gauge the progress at their own schools. This survey is part of a larger effort of organizing around ensuring student voices are heard in regards to Common Core.

If Change is Gonna Come, Students' Rights Need To Be Honored

Who do you think of when you think of historical leaders who changed this country for the better? Martin Luther King, Jr.? Cesar Chavez? Rosa Parks? Ok, what about the students in your classroom? What about you? Christina Uribe takes a swing at the Students Bill of Rights.

A Teacher's Confession: Why the Start of School is the Best and Worst Part of the Year

This teacher spent two months of summer bliss rubbing her vacation time in the faces of friends and family. Now, school is in full swing, and she must remember why she loves teaching, if only to compensate for her total absence of a social life.

ACJP Video Profile: Xavier’s Bright Future

Xavier España is 19 years old, and though young, says he has already learned important life lessons that have focused him for his future. He is an Evergreen College student, a parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and works at his uncle’s auto body repair shop. Xavier is currently entangled in the court system.

"Teach Them Intead of Handing Them a Packet, Yo" -- Silicon Valley Youth Respond to Viral Video of Student Calling for Engagement in the Classroom

The cell phone video of a Texas high school student speaking out about what's wrong with packet education has become a viral sensation -- garnering millions of hits and launching online debates around the status of public education. De-Bug High writers gave their thoughts on the video in the context of their own education experiences.
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