Philadelphia Education Challenge

High School HeroesX Reflection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. said life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ On this day of remembrance for the incredible man and change maker that Martin Luther King Jr. was, we want to reflect on how we hope to do myriad things for others throughout the rest of 2015 and beyond. In complete agreement with Dr. King, our Philadelphia challenge affirms our belief that everybody deserves to have an equal opportunity in life– regardless of skin color, birthplace, religion, gender, or any other factor. Through our challenge to help graduation rates at economically disadvantaged schools in Philadelphia, it is our hope that we can give others more chances to succeed in life.

The challenge will not solely be based on teaching Calculus or reading Shakespeare– as that is not the sole point of it. As Dr. King remarked, “the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”. With this in mind, we hope through the challenge to not just help struggling peers to become better students, but also to become better people.

Please follow along our quest to bring equal opportunities to all Philadelphia schools here, on www.herox.com/highschool, and on twitter @HSHeroesX. Feel free to comment on solution ideas, or even donate money which will serve as a grant to the winning team(s)!

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