New Roads: Amanda Gorman’s private school focuses on social action

New Roads still has little appeal to some parents, but both its low-income families and its affluent families appear drawn to the emphasis on social justice. The school says about 40 percent of its 520 students receive financial aid. Weekly two-hour workshop classes engage students in what Cummins described as “discussions, activities and projects dealing with issues such as prejudice, rights of the disabled, endangered species, child labor, animal rights, using art in activism, AIDS, ecological design, consumerism and the dynamics between poverty and privilege.”




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