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The Death of "Why?" by Andrea Batista Schlesinger

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8: The Marxist, Anti-American Conspiracy to Convert Young People to Engaged Citizenship

NANCY GANNON IS NOT AN IDEOLOGUE, AN AMERICA HATER, or an activist determined to recruit revolutionaries to her cause. She’s just a high school principal.

She’s a principal in one of the toughest places to be a principal: the New York City public school system. Yet, despite the enormous challenges of educating children in a city where only slightly more than half of all ninth graders graduate high school, Nancy’s mission goes beyond securing as many diplomas as possible. She told me she wants to help prepare citizens who are equipped with “voice, power, and responsibility.”

This is probably why the very first schoolwide activity Gannon oversaw as principal ...

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