Day 2 in NOLA
It goes without saying that physically being in this space and seeing the city first-hand allows for experiences you wouldn't otherwise have, or be able to understand. Day 1, I felt as though the whole group was able to get a taste of the kind of frustration the people of the city experience daily while we were on our bus tour of New Orleans. Many of the roads and bridges we attempted to take through and out of New Orleans were closed for various reasons, causing us to have to take alternative routes or just not venture to that area at all. For me this raises huge questions of accessibility to schools -- why should it be so difficult for the
people of New Orleans to access different parts of THEIR city?
We have heard from quite a few different sources about the issue of busing students all over the city just to get to school. Some children have to endure a daily commute of 1-2 hours, meaning having to wake up extra early, get home extra late, and just the ride itself is enough to leave anyone feeling exhausted -- and certainly not in the mood to sit through 6 hours of school.
Experiencing how these types of closings affected OUR travel through the city was inconvenient, and seeing how it really did shift whole parts of our tour made me realize that lack of accessibility of New Orleans itself through inadequate modes of transportation was just another factor in the struggle for quality education for the city's youth and parents.