Diddy Charters into New Territory

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“I want to have a cultural impact. I want to be an inspiration, to show people what can be done. ” – Sean “Diddy” Combs

On March 28 our favorite jack-of-all-trades mogul, Sean Combs, or better known as Diddy, announced that he would be involved in opening a new location of the Capital Preparatory School in his hometown, Harlem. All is well in the world, right? A prominent figure within the entertainment industry reaching out and enacting the change in which he wants to see. With that being said, let’s dig a little deeper and find the #SweetTruth of this oh-so-sweet news.

First things first: what is a charter school? According to Public Charters, a charter school is an independently managed yet publicly-funded school. The “charter” or contract is set in place in order to give the school autonomy and free reign in its operations as long as the school meets its specific educational objectives, which are detailed in the actual charter. Charter schools typically have a unique focus to allow the school to cater to the needs of the children within the local area. Because of this, they are established primarily in underserved and marginalized communities.

Alongside Diddy, Dr. Steve Perry will be heasily involved in the development of this new school. Dr. Perry is the founder of the original Capital Preparatory School in Hartford, CT in 2005 and is now expanding the network of the charter schools across the country. The Capital Prep Harlem location is set to open for the 2016-2017 school year initially enrolling 160 students in the sixth and seventh grades before growing into its potential by becoming a high school in the near future. The template of this particular charter school will focus on social justice, fitting as it seems ever more imperative in the times in which we are currently living through.

Of course with any endeavor, there will always be two sides. Due to what seems to be an implosion of the traditional educational system, many welcome charter schools with opened arms as they represent a reform to such a broken system. However, let’s bring the sweet truth: with privatization of public arenas, corruption and greed can ensue and many feel as though the money being given to these private groups to start up such programs and schools could in turn be given to the public school sector and have more resources. In other words, there is no need to reinvent the wheel when the resources could be present to reform an already present structure.

We all know Diddy is a hustler and has built his brand from the ground up and for that I admire him greatly. His work ethic and drive is extraordinary and his net-worth definitely matches it. Nevertheless, when asked what else can he do, during an interview with Associated Press, Diddy was asked, ” …what else can you do?” To that Diddy replied, “It’s philanthropy…as an African-American man, I have a responsibility in the future. I want to be able to do more things to affect change.”

So from this, the take home message can clearly be seen: If you want something done right, do it yourself.

So bravo Diddy, bravo.

 

Asia

Raised as an army brat, Asia has been blessed with a broad perspective of the world. Filled with wanderlust, she explores all opportunities for positive self growth.

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