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A Chance to Make History

Christina Huh Jan 25, 2011

Title: A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All

Author: Wendy Kopp

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Type: Non Fiction

Released: January 25, 2011

Length: 240 pages

Twenty years ago, Wendy Kopp started Teach for America, sending young, passionate college graduates out to teach in urban and rural schools in struggling communities across the country. Since then, Kopp has made a study of what it takes to make a great school that can truly transform a child’s education — and his life. She writes about it in her new book A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All. Educating our neediest students is a daunting task, but she argues that it can be done and done well, not necessarily with money, but with time, energy, dedication, discipline and good organization. And with 15 million kids growing up below the poverty line today – half of which won’t graduate from high school – she says we cannot delay in creating better and more ambitious schools.

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