A Chance To Make History

A Chance To Make History

What Works And What Doesn't In Providing An Excellent Education For All

Book - 2011
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Since 1990, Teach For America has been building a movement to end educational inequity in America. Now its founder, Wendy Kopp, shares the lessons learned from the experiences of more than 25,000 teachers and alumni who have taught and led schools in low-income communities during those years. A Chance to Make History cuts through the noise of today's debates to describe precisely what it will take to provide transformational education--education that changes the academic and life trajectories predicted by children's socioeconomic backgrounds. Sharing her experiences in some of the country's most underserved communities, Kopp introduces leaders at the classroom, school, and system levels who, driven by passionate belief in their students' potential, have set out to accomplish what most think impossible. Their inspiring stories show how we can provide children facing all the challenges of poverty with an excellent education, and that doing so involves the same ingredients that account for success in any endeavor:visionary leadership that sets ambitious goals and puts forth the energy and discipline to reach them. Kopp's experiences and insights also shine light on why we have not made more progress against educational inequity--how and why the intense but misguided quest for easy answers actually distracts from the hard work of expanding on the growing pockets of success in low-income communities--and on what we need to do now to increase the pace of change. America's failure to educate millions of children to fulfill their potential is a crisis that strikes at our fundamental ideals and health as a nation. A Chance to Make History offers tangible evidence that we can change direction and provide all children the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2011
ISBN: 9781586487409
158648740X
Branch Call Number: 370.973 K839c
Characteristics: v, 229 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Farr, Steven

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StarGladiator
Jan 30, 2015

I truly despise books like this: Trojan Horse books, or books based upon subterfuge: TFA is an outfit underwritten by the Wall Streeters [Goldman Sachs, Chase, Walton Family Foundation, et al.] in their agenda to privatize public education, another corrupt and misbegotten profit center to them and the further destruction of America. TFA is another neoliberal sham! Better to read the article below than this misinformational book:

//mattbruenig.com/2012/03/14/on-wendy-kopp-poverty-pimp

[TFA's hidden agenda: teachers' unions busting]

johnf108 Aug 23, 2011

A very uplifting book about what can be done to improve schools if the best teachers and administrators are hired and encouraged and students are put first..
But also sad to realize how many students don't get this kind of quality education.
A must read for anyone interested in education and what can be done if the status quo is not the goal of the system.

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