Inspired by a book outlining the ways in which girls are outperforming boys in school, teacher Alex Carrera came up with the idea for "Diego's Dudes," a reading club that involves her, a handful of fourth-grade boys who struggle with reading and her Chihuahua, Diego.
Asked what it takes to be a good teacher, David Crowley said it is important to talk to kids, not at them. By this, he means treating them more like colleagues than underlings.
High school teacher Jonathan Stamper joined the military at age 41, inspired by a newly enlisted student who came to class in uniform. Since then, he's logged three tours, one in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. During those first two expeditions, Stamper was lucky enough to avoid getting shot at or witnessing violence, death and bloodshed. Not this last time.
Like many high schools in affluent areas, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School sends very few recent graduates off to war. But next week one of its teachers will be departing for the danger zone - for the second time in two years.
We hear it over and over again: The public education system in the United States is broken. Smart teachers burn out and leave early. The achievement gap between poor minority students and their affluent white peers won’t budge. America is losing ground to other developed nations on test scores.