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Education: Shouldn't It Be More? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

   Education is considered the most important part ofa young person's life. Education leads to a good job and countless luxuries. Theschool systems of the United States have curricula students must"learn" in order to be promoted to higher grades. Academic success is amust to become productive in the economy and in life. Students today face muchlarger problems than were faced by our teachers, most of whom are over the age of50 and have been living in the suburbs all their lives.

I am black andlive in the most crime-infested section of my city. On my block, crackheads roamthe streets attempting to sell telephones, TVs and VCRs in order to buy some"rocks." The most frequently asked question is, "Yo, you gottrees?" which is asking if you have marijuana to sell.

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