March 4, 2009
Too Old to Teach
The moral of Paul Tough’s stellar Whatever It Takes might be that sixth grade is far too late to start instilling sound learning habits in a student who hasn’t had a good educational foundation. Geoffrey Canada’s quixotic quest to bring left-behind sixth-graders up to their grade level in reading and math is somewhat heartbreaking. He ends the book still hoping that it’s possible to accomplish, but I finished it much less optimistic.
But this Phawker series is a hellish look at what happens after we’ve stopped trying.