High Schools Are America’s True Melting Pots

Where I Teach, My Students Have No Choice but to Confront Their Differences—And That's a Good Thing


Most teenagers from Salinas, given the opportunity, are desperate to leave here. We’re a small city that feels like a farm town, surrounded by fields, with too little to do. It can sometimes feel incredibly confining; any errand or event seems to involve running into at least seven people you know. Despite this, I can’t say that I ever felt that desperation.

I love Salinas. I left for college—and came back to teach at my old high school. My desire to work and give back to my community in Salinas was …

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