Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
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.