(via Resegregation in the American South)
“The racial composition of Tuscaloosa’s schools varies dramatically, from 9 percent black at Rock Quarry Elementary School (above), to 99 percent black at Central High School, where D’Leisha Dent is a senior.”
"I teach fourth grade in Harlem." "What’s your greatest struggle as a teacher?" "I worry a lot about the kids." "Why’s that?" "Not all the kids. Just the ones that aren’t on the ‘college track.’ Many of them just don’t have a culture of expectation at home, and it’s hard work to lift yourself out of an underprivileged situation. I actually just finished going to a trombone recital for a former student of mine. I used to coach him in hockey on weekends. He’d practice with me from 4 AM to 6 AM. Then he’d go practice trombone from 8 to 10. He did all this just so he could get into a good high school. That’s what it takes, really. Hard to do without a culture of expectation."
"Filmmaker Ken Burns joins Consider This host Antonio Mora to discuss "The Address," his new documentary that follows students with learning differences at the Greenwood School in Vermont, as they work to memorize and recite Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Burns says the effort the students put into memorizing the famous speech gave them a "sense of accomplishment.""