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Date: 2018-06-19

I Didn’t Want to Go to KIPP But Now I’m in College and I Totally Get It

It’s 5:45 a.m. on a Monday in mid-August. The year is 2006 and my mom is rapping on my bedroom door. “Julien! Time to get up Ju, you have school in an hour,” my mom says as I rise out of the bed rolling my eyes.

If it was not for TEAM Academy, I’d still be in Jamaica.

Actually, I’d still be in Jamaica sleeping. Instead, my mom is forcing me to switch from St. Joseph’s Catholic School to KIPP New Jersey TEAM Academy that conducts classes from 7:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every single day. What kid is cool with that?

Don’t let me forget that KIPP starts school earlier in the year than other schools, if you didn’t catch the mid-August part. Also, I have Saturday school a couple times throughout the school year—sounds like fun, right? ...

Read Julien Broomfield's entire op-ed, posted on Education Post, here.