KIPP students are coming to school from all over the country, and their teachers are trying to get them to stay focused.
They are all learning at the same time, learning about different subjects and different cultures and about different cultures that they can relate to, says Michael Bloomberg, the director of the nonprofit KIPP.
In his first year as president of the KIPP, Bloomberg started teaching at St. Elizabeths, an elementary school in Oakland, California, where the district had two schools.
He says he’s working with students in the district to teach about the history of slavery, to teach them about the role of the family in our lives, and about the importance of the United States Constitution.
“It’s very much a learning experience for them,” Bloomberg says.
“I have a lot of students that are very young and have never had any contact with the classroom, and I’ve never seen them so focused.
They want to be involved.
I’ve always felt that, as a teacher, I’m just doing my job.”
Bloomberg says he tries to keep the kids on their toes by teaching them about what it means to be a child, how to learn and how to think, and to do the right thing.
He adds that if you do that well, you’ll be successful.
“What I really think is that these kids are really smart, and they’re very bright, and when they do have that opportunity, they want to learn,” Bloomenberg says.
He also says that the students are looking forward to the coming academic year.
“I think they want more,” Bloomauber says.
“They want to get in the right rhythm,” Bloomburg says.
So, what does he tell his students?
“I’m trying to let them know that they are a part of this extraordinary community and we’re a family,” Bloomburgh says.
And, he says, the kids have a great sense of history, too.
“As I’ve said before, our children will be the future of this country,” Bloombers said.
“They will be a part not just of this community, but also of the future.”