Like many other successful high-poverty schools with a high proportion of students of color, Laurel Street isn't doing anything wildly "innovative." Rather, they have clear goals for their students to be educated citizens and they believe every one of their students can at the very least meet state standards.
Even though I respected the roles of my classmates and teachers, as much as any four-year-old can comprehend that idea of that, I felt that this play was mine and it has thus stuck in my mind almost twenty years later. So what did I want to be when I grew up? I wanted to be that same kid I was at age four.