Demographics Must Not Be Destiny
by Andy Stern - 2008
Will Okun, my brother’s nephew, teaches at an alternative high school in Chicago. Located in one of the poorest communities in the city, the school offers at-risk kids a path to success. With comprehensive support services, an alternative curriculum, and a focus on the community it serves, this school was generating more than a few “against all odds” stories of student success. When Will started teaching there in 1999, his students—many already written off by the system for behavioral problems or academic failure—were outperforming students in nearby neighborhood schools.
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