"Knowing thyself is identifying yourself from your personal qualities. Knowing yourself is having insight on yourself. To know yourself is to love yourself. When you know yourself you know what you need to change or improve on, and to be yourself as a person you understand your strength and weakness. Never lose yourself in the world because you will never find another you."
"If you look at this photo, you will see no students, teachers, but mostly no computers in this classroom. At my other school at FCA they had lots of students that wanted to come to class and I was one of them. They had computer assignments and up-to-date working computers."
"A locked door is standing between me and the computer. I want to be a NFL football player. I need a football team to be on. I need smart boards in the future. I need to know how to use a smart board for me to make it to the NFL when I go to college. In order to get to college I have to pass math. I need more help in my math class. These are all my locked doors to my life."
"We can't go to Mr. Perkins and say we need better stuff if we don't take care of the stuff we have. if we have more computers we can have [enough for] everybody and we wouldn't have someone writing on the table instead of working."
"Without a computer lab how are DC Met students and me, myself, gonna do projects or research and homework? Here at DC Met a lot of things are going wrong, but we need to get access to the computer lab sometimes. It's not right for them to say no to us when we ask to use the computer."
"This picture was taking [of] the non-working printers & computers. My group took this photo because we [need] these objects to complete our work. I also think these objects could've been in somebody's class to give us as students [at] DC Met more access to a computer."
"It's a locked room and we can't access the technology. I want to be a nurse but this school is not helping me prepare for it, so when I go to college I would know something but I can't get that help or support. When the doctors and nurses kept telling my family my grandfather wasn't going to make it I was in a locked door about the bad news, but he was still here for another couple of years he lived until he stop breathing and he died. I was still in a locked door."
"I chose this photo because it shows the emptiness of some of our classrooms. Out of all the pics this one means the most to me because this one is the most symbolic. Personally I don't like the idea of looking into an empty classroom."
"This [is to] show how the Europeans stole the land from natives just like how dcps is trying to steal our education from us by not giving us what we need... I feel as though they set us up for failure."
Photo Credit: Riccardo Savi. Editor's Note: State Board of Education Representative for Ward 1, Patrick Mara, Washington Metropolitan High School Principal, Tanisha Williams-Minor, and Critical Exposure 11th Grader, Sharon all celebrate the grand opening of the student created school library.
Teens all across D.C. do not want to read books about turning the clock back to be the best you've ever been. This book does not belong in our library -- it is for older people. We need help to get books that we are interested in and that are educational.