Orwellian, almost: Student winners of arena tour required to write essay, "What's the best thing about the Barclays Center?"
As indicated in the graphic below, the Invictus Youth Initiative, a program of Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement signatory Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (best known for distributing free tickets), held a contest in which schools could win a private tour of the Barclays Center.
Three schools were winners: Prep For Success at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights; JS 113 (presumably MS 113, whose principal is a sister of the DBNA executive director and daughter of the DBNA chairman) in Fort Greene, and PS 181 in East Flatbush.
Note this requirement: "Students who attend the tour must submit 1-2 page essay/composition, answering the question, 'What's the best thing about Barclays Center?'"
Isn't such a requirement the opposite of education? (Here are some more complicating perspectives on the arena.) Is being told to think one way an incentive for student achievement?