In the first week of December the Boston Globe detailed the comeback of the citywide marching band at English High School. What a great story!
“The uniforms finally arrived a week before Thanksgiving. It was a big moment for the fledgling English High School marching band, believed to be the first at a Boston public high school in about four decades.
“No longer would the students have to make do with the matching sweatshirts they wore at a couple of neighborhood parades this fall. Now the 29 members would march in blue jackets with light blue sashes and an eagle stitched on the back — adding a dose of precision, professionalism, and flare to their half-time performance at the Thanksgiving Day football game against Boston Latin School at Harvard Stadium…”
Read more, and also check out the video embedded in the article.
What’s both moving and disconcerting is a student’s comment that “they still say that English is a bad school.” State policies have declared English High School to be an “under-performing” school and it has been thus labeled a Turnaround School for five years. Labels do matter — and policymakers ought to take note of this. Labels hurt, and they are no less than a form of cruel bullying. The English High School community is overcoming the label imposed from above, and we take our hats off to both staff and students while congratulating them for a job well done!