Editor's Note: Critical Exposure students at H.D. Woodson Senior High School used photography to document issues affecting students in D.C. At the end of the 3rd quarter, each student presented photos and an argument in an attempt to organize their peers around a single issue. Here Tahvian, 11th grade, presents on the high school drop-out crisis. His arguments formed the basis for the class's 4th quarter project to advocate for more equitable school disciplinary policies at H.D. Woodson.
When I ask a tourist, 'What do you think of when you think of D.C.?,' he said the monuments, President, White House, Holocaust Museum, and the Cherry Blossom Festival. When I ask a local, 'What do you think of when you think of D.C.?,' they said hoods, crime, homeless, drugs, and fights. All people in D.C. don’t realize that crime is a big issue and aren’t aware of the struggles some of the Washingtonians are going through.
Editor's Note: Critical exposure students at H.D. Woodson Senior High School use their photos during a presentation to the Dean of Students. After sharing personal stories and providing student-led solutions to the school's harsh discipline policies, the Dean committed to holding monthly meetings with student leaders to receive student feedback on disciplinary policies in the school.
This is a student at H.D. Woodson SHS who is pregnant. This is her second child and she feels like she can't handle school anymore. She is behind in most of her classes and her attendance is not so good. The school doesn't reach out to try to help her. We do have a New Heights Program that will be be good for her, but teenage pregnancy is one of the reasons why District of Columbia's dropout rate is so high. I suggest that we should have more programs and mentors for the students who are pregnant to prevent them from dropping out. The programs should try to help the teen moms get an education and stay in school.