Everything You’ve Heard about Failing Schools is Wrong

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“Everything You’ve Heard about Failing Schools is Wrong,” by Kristina Rizka, a journalist; Mother Jones, September/October 2012, pp. 50-59. “Attendance up. Dropout rates: plummeting. College acceptance: through the roof. My mind-blowing year inside a ‘low-performing’ school.” Full of specific stories and general principles, Rizka shares what was actually going on in a specific school reported to be “failing.”

Maria arrived at Mission barely speaking English. By the time she left she'd been admitted to five colleges. Photo by Lianne Milton

Maria arrived at Mission barely speaking English. By the time she left she’d been admitted to five colleges. Photo by Lianne Milton

Download at http://www.motherjones.com/media/2012/08/mission-high-false-low-performing-school copy it as a useful resource for study and conversation with Sunday – or any day – groups.