KIPP schools are intensely and unapologetically academic. It gives students the building blocks – math, reading, arts, music, and the higher order thinking skills of analyzing and deconstructing and reconstructing – that prepare students for a wonderful life and future.
I strongly believe, even more than I did ten years ago, that KIPP is changing the life trajectories of its students.
It occurred to me that I was surrounded by 7th graders and that every single of one them had a plan. I realized, in that moment, that KIPP teachers did more than just teach. KIPP teachers were vision makers.