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Monday, December 15, 2008


Kaddeem Wright enjoys reading philosophy and arguing with his friends about history and politics. With his smarts and innate curiosity about the world, Kaddeem seems like a kid who should thrive in school, but he's not. Instead he feels unmotivated and rarely does his homework. He scrapes by with a C average, something that frustrates him and his mom. Like a lot of kids, especially young black males in New York City, Kaddeem is not reaching his potential. He wants to know to why he and so many of his friends are barely getting by, uninspired by school or thoughts of the future.


Kaddeem Wright

Comments [3]

Matt from Des Moines

I just heard this on July 6th 2012 in Des Moines Iowa. I immediately was struck by Kadeem's insight and sense of humor. I think few people have the ability to be as inflinchingly instrospective. There's been a lot of talk here lately about our schools; and much of the blame for student underachievement has been lain on the doorstep of the school system, the administrators, the teachers. So often we portray ourselves as victims at the mercy of circumstances and institutions, taking the easy way out by not giving our best effort. It took me a lot longer to figure it out than Kadeem, who observed that kids in the same circumstances are "busting out A's." As an adult I see many who embrace victimization as a religion, a scapegoat for their lack of initiative. However as a 100% commissioned salesperson and competing athlete I see others, a minority, who push themselves daily through adversity, circumstance, constraints, bad weather and bad markets to surive, to thrive, to achieve. My best to Kadeem.

Jul. 09 2012 01:02 AM
Kareem from Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn New York

I too didn't feel motivated at all to go to school,In fact I hated getting up for it. I made my mind up that I was going to take the easy way out. But I then realized my future goals. I looked around me and noticed how far people went without that education. Nowhere. Now i decided that I can't be like everyone else I want people to see me as success.

Dec. 07 2010 11:13 AM

Was unmotivated in my old school

Dec. 01 2010 11:20 AM

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