Youth activism never stops; not even during the nefarious pandemic of Covid 19.

Youth activism never stops; not even during the nefarious pandemic of Covid 19.

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Students should be able to have more say pertaining to their education. Throughout this pandemic of which Covid 19 has presented various obstacles and challenges in our educational system, students have lost their voice in the decision making process. Various decisions such as the reopening of schools as well as the implications of standardized testing have hundreds and thousands of students at a disadvantage. Many students expressed their concerns with standardized testing and the school reopening process but yet to no avail, their voices were of no significance to the deaf ears of those who are considered to be of higher authority. Students vocalized their technological issues, physical and/or mental health concerns, etc just to be ignored and neglected by our educational system.

Prior to College Boards approval of standardized testing, I personally emailed them regarding my concerns for students who were hindered academically before Covid 19 escalated into this unlawful pandemic. I provided College Board with multiple statistics to further iterate the significance of terminating standardized testing only to be told that everyones needs were to be accommodated. This unfortunately was far from the truth. Once the exams began, approximately 20,000 students encountered a major setback of which they were unable to submit their exams. They were advised to take a make up exam and this resulted in a disheartening lawsuit to which College Board argued that, "less than one percent of students were unable to submit their responses." College Board failed to accommodate the needs of every single student as promised and they should be held accountable for their actions.

Personally, when taking my AP exams, I had tested positive for Covid 19. I was exceedingly ill and was experiencing various symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, etc. I still took my exams despite falling ill only for my scores to come back stating that I somehow failed every single one of them. I began to cry to the extent that my heart began palpating and I couldn't breathe. I asked myself, "how is it that I write poetry everyday, did a Ted Talk that receive thousands of views, and was considered to be one of the best writers in my class yet, I received a one on my AP English language exam? How is it that I am on my second year of being an intern at Mass General Hospital and excelled in various medical programs to which I participated in yet, I received a two on my AP biology exam? How can I consider myself to be a student activist if I received a two on my AP government exam? None of these results made sense to me and I refuse to accept them. I reached out to the College Board to appeal my AP exam grades and have yet to receive a response.

We as a society, continue to fail our youth as time progresses throughout this pandemic. The grand debate of how schools will reopen and when poses an enormous threat to our youth. New research has suggested that children carry one hundred times the amount of Coronavirus inside of them compared to the average adult. It also takes longer for the virus to leave their system. With more research that has yet to be conclusive, there are major inquiries that have yet to be answered. Students must come together as one and speak up! Students must voice any comments, questions, and/or concerns they have pertaining to the advancements of their education. We must speak now or forever hold our peace.

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