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Pass Or Fail

by Will Okun - 2008

My 11th grade English class on the Westside of Chicago is a classic tale of the haves and the have-nots. With few exceptions, the 19 studentsd with book bags are actively working to pass the class. Most of the 13 students without book bags irrevocably failed the class by midterms. These failing students miss too many days, do not complete homework or do not put forth satisfactory effort.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 153-154
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22864, Date Accessed: 4/16/2021 6:33:45 AM

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  • Will Okun
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    Will Okun is a Chicago teacher who traveled with Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist, to central Africa in June 2007, on the basis of his winning essay in a “win-a- trip” contest. He blogged and vlogged as he went, and his reports can be seen at http:// www.nytimes.com/twofortheroad. He teaches English and photography in a Chicago high school with many students from low-income and minority homes. From The New York Times, April 7, 2008. © 2008 The New York Times [http://www.nytimes.com]. All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the copyright laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of the material without express written permission is prohibited.
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