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Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students
Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students

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AIR DATE: February 22, 2012

Award-winning NPR Reporter Nancy Solomon takes you inside a school to hear a discussion on race in the classroom.  Listen as students try to explain what went wrong with their education. Join her at the kitchen table with black middle-class parents who thought that a move to the suburbs would ensure school success. Find out how the school's best teachers motivate their students. Be a fly on the wall in the busy dean's office where where kids with discipline problems land.  This documentary won a Peabody Award in 2010.


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I've been waiting for the audio to come forth. Any chance of that happening soon?
JosephMar 21, 2012 23:06:57 PM
Of course it won a Peabody; it blames the schools. I'm sure there's nothing wrong with the students' work habits, behaviors, values, upbringing, etc. Tell us, where does the responsibility of the school ever end? How many hours per week of work is enough for teachers to work trying to make up for the collapse of American society? Fifty? Sixty? Seventy? Eighty? I pray to get out of teaching. More blame and even more work is not what I need. Please forgive me if I can't even listen to this. Ms Solomon should teach for a year in this school, then do a remake. Now, that would be good journalism.
DemoralizedFeb 20, 2012 08:07:01 AM
As the former President of the Nevada State Board of Education, I could not agree more with "demoralized" above. Schools and students flourish in communities where parents take significant responsibility for their children and control the exposure by thier child to pop and "hoochy" cultures, so strong and influential in Las Vegas. Sadly, school improvment is fruitless without community improvement and community improvement starts with families and parents, not universal "feel good" social programs and regulations spawned by educrats and diversity cheerleaders. Parents, teach your children to speak well, communicate with respect, obey authority, reject the cheap and "gansta" and sexualized cultures that destroy them, and reward improvement and motivation at every opportunity. School improvement starts with family improvement within the home of the child - not the school. We need to write the article another way... "why are good parents failing children?". Mayb e because they are not so "good" or effective.
Gary WatersFeb 20, 2012 09:24:53 AM
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