Raising the Curve

A Year Inside One of America's Failing Public Schools

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Hour 2:           What happens when students at a particular school begins to fall behind their peers? What pressures to teachers face at such a school? We’ll talk this hour with journalist Ron Berler, author of the new book “Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America’s 45,000* Failing Public Schools” (Berkley Hardcover, 2013).

This interview is part of KERA’s American Graduate Initiative.

  • Draden Jones

    Bravo! My wife worked as a interpreter/ teacher’s aide. Parental involvement cannot be over emphasized. I must also chime in on the authors conclusion benefits of chores. Thank you some common sense straight-forward talk on the subject

  • Draden Jones

    Bravo! My wife worked as a interpreter/ teacher’s aide. Parental involvement cannot be over emphasized. I must also chime in on the authors conclusion benefits of chores. Thank you some common sense straight-forward talk on the subject

  • Bret Wooten

    Thank you so much for doing the show. My wife has worked in
    public education for almost 20 years at all income levels. Some of those years where spent in so-called “failing schools”.They are often full of wonderful caring and compassionate
    teachers that not only teach children to read, write and do arithmetic. But
    often times show those kids that someone really cares about them. Great show! Thank
    you once again.

  • Bret Wooten

    Thank you so much for doing the show. My wife has worked in
    public education for almost 20 years at all income levels. Some of those years where spent in so-called “failing schools”.They are often full of wonderful caring and compassionate
    teachers that not only teach children to read, write and do arithmetic. But
    often times show those kids that someone really cares about them. Great show! Thank
    you once again.

  • Bret Wooten

    Thank you so much for doing the show. My wife has worked in
    public education for almost 20 years at all income levels. Some of those years where spent in so-called “failing schools”.They are often full of wonderful caring and compassionate
    teachers that not only teach children to read, write and do arithmetic. But
    often times show those kids that someone really cares about them. Great show! Thank
    you once again.

  • Bret Wooten

    Thank you so much for doing the show. My wife has worked in
    public education for almost 20 years at all income levels. Some of those years where spent in so-called “failing schools”.They are often full of wonderful caring and compassionate
    teachers that not only teach children to read, write and do arithmetic. But
    often times show those kids that someone really cares about them. Great show! Thank
    you once again.

  • Christopher_Graves

    Even though there is no neat formula for improving the quality of education, private schools have a demonstrable track record for improving the educational performance of underclass minority students. Harvard University’s School of Education has documented these gains in a number of cities.

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