Barber Shop Preview: Back to School

Barber Shop Preview: Back to School

This week, thousands of students across Chicago sharpened their pencils, slung backpacks over their shoulder and headed back to school.

But what kinds of challenges did they face when they got there -- both in and outside the classroom?

This week on the Barber Shop Show, we're putting together a few of our best segments on education to mark the beginning of the school year in Chicago. You won't want to miss these excerpts from important conversations on school violence, academic achievement and parental involvement.

We'll listen to two teens talk about their experience commuting to Uplift Community High School in Uptown. The teens will discuss how they were scapegoated by bloggers for crimes even though it was the students who were the victims.

From our recent episode on adult literacy, we'll hear from two community advocates on how parents reading struggles significantly affect their children's education.

And we'll also talk about the schools that aren't opening this fall, and how the Chicago Public School system handles school closures may lead to violence.  This features a conversation that came to us from Free Write Jail Arts and Carlos Ortiz.

Did you miss last week's show on segregation and health? You can catch our video review on the blog, or listen to the entire episode on

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Photo of school bus rushing


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    A high school in Appleton, Wisconsin tried an experiment under the enlightened guidance of their principal, LuAnn Coenen. She wanted to see if she could positively affect the fighting, weapons-carrying and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the food the kids ate.

    Vending machines were replaced with water coolers; hamburgers and French fries were taken off the menu and replaced with fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grain breads and a salad bar. With the departure of junk food, she also saw the departure of vandalism, litter and the need for police patrolling her hallways. The students were calm, socially engaged and focused on their schoolwork. Problems were minimal. And all Ms. Coenen did was change the menu!

    Please watch "Forks Over Knives" for FREE to learn about the implications of a meat-based diet vs a plant-based diet. Go to and do yourself and your family a favor!

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