The public education conversation in New York City, and really everywhere, is too often dominated by the voices of politicians, school officials, union leaders, and others who have long since forgotten what it's like to sit in a student desk. The result is a highly politicized dialogue that often loses sight of the most important stakeholders: children.
Because of this politicization, media coverage of schools has come to resemble play-by-play coverage of a tennis match, dulling our collective will to produce change. Frustrated, most of us simply tune out.
The Bell takes a different approach. We tell stories exclusively from the perspective of students, whose voices not only remind us what's at stake, but also connect with us on a more personal level. We hope that our coverage promotes an urgent dialogue that drives to the root of the problems in our schools and inspires all of us to come together, on the same team, to solve them.