Education: Miracle Workers

Small victories at a New York school

No one would confuse Seward Park High School with Eton. Half the students at this underfunded, overcrowded facility on New York City's Lower East Side are from single-parent homes, and 65% come from families eligible for welfare. As many as 150 have been abandoned by their parents or are from families that have been evicted. Drugs and alcohol are a way of life. That any learning takes place under such circumstances is nothing short of miraculous. But miracles can happen, as former New York Times reporter Samuel Freedman demonstrates in Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students &...

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