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Konovalova Veronica Poems of protest In a poem Theme for English B black student worries about an essay that he has to write for his English class in College According to the description of the place of the school I can assume that the school that he goes to is Columbia University a very highly competitive school with very high standards He is talking about being the only black student in his class and how it feels to be different from other people The poem had been written in 1951 when getting into school was very tough people had to do exceptionally well in school just to get into a City University Most students in school were white and there were very few minorities in colleges The story of CUNYs experiment with open admissions explains important changes in college education since 1970 It also demonstrates the persistence of controversy about the meaning and value of equal educational opportunities Open Admissions has guaranteed that every New Yorker with a high school diploma or GED can attend a college in the City University Open Admissions meant working people the poor people of color and immigrants whose segregated inferior public education may have failed to adequately prepare them for college-level work would not be denied the chance for a decent education a second time by being denied access to college According to the research that Ive done since Open Admissions was won in 1970 more than 450000 students have earned their degrees from CUNY Since 1970 more people of color have graduated from CUNY than have graduated from any other institution in the history of this country After World War II demand for higher education in US has increased rapidly each decade into the 1970s By the end of the 1960s an applicant needed high school grades of B-plus or higher to get into one of the four-year colleges and at least
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