In the beginning, what the founders of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook hoped to achieve might best be described as providing some “‘Ah-ha!' moments.”
“We would have these discussions about what we wanted the paper to look like and accomplish,” recalled co-founder Myrtle L. Naylor. “And we thought that when it got into the hands of parents and teachers and students, they would pick it up and have an ‘Ah-ha!'moment and say, ‘Let's get organized and do something about this.'”
This article is reprinted from the Fall 1997 issue of the Notebook.
I was volunteering in Chinatown one day interviewing parents who wanted to register their children for an afterschool program run by a community organization. The questions were basic enough: How many children? How old? Why do you want your child in this program?
Across the room I watched another interview taking place. Something in the face of the mother responding to the questions stopped me.
This article by a Philadelphia teacher was written nine years ago for the Winter 1995 issue of the Notebook.
Violence in the schools is a topic receiving a lot of media coverage these days - shooting in the hallways, assaults on the play-grounds, vandalism against school property. Commissions at every level have been formed to address the problem.