Journal Prompts #3

  • From According to Need: “When we think about homelessness, we often have a certain image in our mind—people pushing shopping carts, or big sprawling tent encampments. But for the vast majority of homeless people, the experience is less visible. Many people who are unable to afford a place to live end up sleeping on a friend’s floor or inside their car.”
    • What comes to mind when you think about people experiencing homelessness? The visible or less visible people? Why do you think that is? How do you feel about them?
    • What was your reaction(s) to the obstacles in a system that is supposed to be helping people find affordable housing?
      If you could wave a magic wand to change how people access affordable housing, what would it be?
  • The goal of “everyone goes to college” was a high bar, and the experiences and outcomes for the first “graduating class” of KIPP Philly were mixed.
    • What was your reaction to the militaristic and punitive nature of KIPP’s approach with a segment of the population that is often told that the military is one of the few places they can succeed?
    • How much of KIPP’s approach during the 3 years they had with the students had a positive and/or long-lasting effect on the students? Do you think any school that sets a lofty long-term goal and follows up on it might have a similar effect?
    • What do you think KIPP got right for these low-income students and what did they miss in terms of giving them tools for a happy and productive life?
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