Sometimes I get discouraged, and then I meet people dedicated to making a difference.
Here are two.
Participants in the No Excuses project may hold differing views about vouchers, the federal role in education, and other policy issues. But we agree that there is no excuse for the academic failure of most public schools serving poor children. All children can learn. Hundreds of public, private, and religious schools serving low-income children have proved it. We hope you will help us shine a spotlight on their success. And we hope you will join us in demanding that failing schools meet their standard. No Excuses.
KIPP began in 1994 when teachers Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin started a public school program for 50 fifth graders in inner city Houston after completing their Teach For America commitment. Their mentor teacher, Harriett Ball, motivated the two young men to remain in education and do everything possible to ensure their students were achieving at the highest possible levels in the classroom. Their students' academic success and interest in learning inspired Feinberg and Levin to expand the program beyond one classroom.