Last fall, I spent a ton of time in two different fifth-grade classrooms: one made up of poor kids, the other made up of kids whose families are mostly well-off. I wanted to see how the two classroom experiences differed, and boy did they ever. We're talking night-and-day differences here.
Don't believe me? Take a listen for yourself.
I decided to revisit the poor school to see what – if anything – had changed.
At the beginning of the school year, the students at Myers Elementary in Taylor struggled with math, reading and discipline issues. Here's what the classroom sounded like back in September:
And here's what the classroom sounded like when I returned to the school in May: