Beth Fertig is WNYC’s Contributing Editor for Education. She previously covered politics, which included City Hall during the Giuliani administration, and the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton. She also covered transportation and infrastructure.
Business Mentors May Help Middle Schoolers Stay in School
Thursday, April 26, 2012
We know middle school is when kids run the risk of losing interest in school and falling behind. There is a program that extends the school day for students at a few very low performing middle schools to keep them engaged, with "apprenticeships" led by volunteers who teach the students how to develop plans for a tech start-up, a sports franchise, or some other business idea they've concocted.
The program was successful at improving attendance and grades in Boston and is beginning to show promise here.