In recent years, hundreds of schools have made these transactions more businesslike, experimenting with paying kids with cold, hard cash for showing up or getting good grades or, in at least one case, going another day without getting pregnant. I have not met a child who does not admire this trend. But it makes adults profoundly uncomfortable.
PUBLISHED: April 8, 2010
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4408 words)
For more than a decade, one organization has been tracking hundreds of thousands of kids, and looking at why some teachers can move them three grade levels ahead in a year and others can’t. Now, as the Obama administration offers states more than $4 billion to identify and cultivate effective teachers, Teach for America is ready to release its data.
PUBLISHED: Feb. 1, 2010
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2159 words)