“Empowering Students to be the Leaders of their Education”

The education system in this country is long overdue for a profound change. As laws, projects, and new innovations are implemented within schools; we often overlook the most important factor, the students. We will explore and discuss how the education system grooms students to be passive participants in their education, while wrestling with ideas of how to improve the learning experience.

O’Shai Robinson has worked with the Baltimore Algebra Project since 2006 in several capacities including tutor, President, and Board Member. He is also a graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and he will be receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Business Technology Administration and a minor degree in Music. With his work with the Baltimore Algebra Project he has helped to improve the quality of education through tutoring and organizing of students. The organization has been instrumental in extending the time limit for public transportation for students and stopping construction for city’s Youth Jail. Now the organization is rallying around the Ten Year Plan, which would ultimately close over 20 schools in the city while renovating others. Within the Clifton Park community, they are organizing people around the idea of “Black Control” over the future of the school.

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