Students: Learning by Doing

When one below-average student tries to teach another, both improve far more than they would under normal schooling conditions. So at least has been the experience of Manhattan's antipoverty Mobilization for Youth program, which three years ago set up a "homework helpers" project that paired high school students as after-hours reading tutors with academically backward grade-school children, most of them Negroes and Puerto Ricans from the city's depressed Lower East Side. Since top students could not always be found as "role models" who might inspire the younger children to greater industry, M.F.Y. was forced to take on a number...

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