Codman Academy students have been all over the news with their protest at the French Consulate over the travel advisory to French tourists to avoid Boston's neighborhoods of color: Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.
After they presented their letter to Deputy Consul Henry, a reporter asked our Principal, Thabiti Brown, "Shouldn't students be in class?"
He replied, in true Expeditionary Learning fashion: "This is class."
These are important lessons too and one reason we embed fieldwork into our curriculum. Leaders are made, not born and we believe school's have a special responsibility to develop leadership in students by supporting them in the active pursuit of addressing injustice. Besides, this particular snub from the French government hit home.