"'I live, in part because of the conditioning of my childhood and adolescence, in this state of expectation that something really bad is about to come our way,' Dr. Padilla said."
A recent New York Times article tells the story of Dr. Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a man who moved to the United States from Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic as a four year old with his mother. Dr. Padilla holds degrees from Princeton, Oxford, and Stanford and, as the Times recounts, he fought through a childhood of impending terror in order to get to where he is: at Columbia University teaching previously incarcerated adults.
Dr. Padilla's history traces that of so many urban youth in our schools today. He was forever faced against the odds, struggling through poverty, homelessness, and the perpetual fears of deportation. And even though Dr. Padilla has yet to be recognized as a U.S. citizen (still, today, really), he was able to overcome his odds. Through his fears he found hope, and through his love of learning -- and through the love of a few caring adults -- he found solace.
“'He loves the texts, I mean, I don’t see any time for anything else,' one student, Isaac Scott, 35, said. 'He loves this stuff, reading, literature, the ideas, the questioning, the doubts, the ambiguity. He loves when we catch on to something.'”
You can read the full article here.
Posted by Parker Fulton
Credit to The New York Times