Promotion in Doubt by AJ Frazier of Radio Rookies

April 7, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

ajfrazier_mediumAJ Frazier, over there on the right, is your average teenager: smart, funny, filled with potential and of course, a terrible underachiever. I can relate.

He did a report for Radio Rookies in New York City about what it meant for him when the New York City Department of Education raised the standards for passing the 8th grade and ended social promotion. That's the practice of letting failing students head on up to the next grade so they can stay with the people they relate to socially.


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Music in this episode is by a cool guy named Treacle from Chicago. Check out his tracks on, which is also where I spend much of my broadcast time.