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How Can We Make a Difference for America’s Poor?

Poor Kids

“Don’t go into the teachers’ lounge,” she said.  “They put out contracts on kids in there.  And don’t let the cynics jade you.”

An African-American woman who brooked no nonsense, she demanded that every student in her class give maximum effort.  She taught across the hall from me my first year teaching, and I learned from her the things that were never addressed in education classes—how to build relationships and set high expectations.  I knew how to teach a novel, how to teach students to write, but watching her taught me those essentials of classroom management that have to happen before students can learn anything.

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