"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.""
"While the basic contours of the celebratory evening have stayed the same over the years — there is a dance, and the kids dress up for it — the rise of social media has changed how that evening plays out. The Wire talked to three seniors at a Catholic high school in Pittsburgh about what they’re doing to get ready for the big event, starting with the #promposal and ending with the after party. Their prom is in two weeks. "
“I have three children, and left unsupervised, they will stare at screens until their eyeballs liquefy and seep into the carpet. And so, I spend every single day of my existence wringing my hands over how much screen time is too much screen time for these people. Sometimes I set a timer. Sometimes I say, “TIME IS UP” and go to take the screens away, and then my kids freak the fuck out, and I give them back the screens so they can put their stupid Minecraft characters to bed, which always takes two minutes longer than it should. “