Good Reads: Mission High

 
Rizga focuses on a "failing" school in San Francisco and how great it is ... In other words, in spite of the test scores this school is doing so much, so well.  So why the disconnect between the NCLB label and the perception of students, teachers and parents?
 
From the preface:
This book is about this other, messier, mostly qualitative and largely invisible side of the story about public schools in our national debate.  After four years at Mission, I have come to believe that educational reforms won't succeed unless there is greater inclusion of the voices of students and teachers and the use of more complex school-based markers that can give us a much deeper insight into what quality education means and how sustainable change can happen in all struggling schools.
 
Later in the book, Rizga highlights a math teacher focusing on conceptual math:
He [Taica] is hoping some foundation will choose Mission High for a pilot program in which teachers will have three classes each day and then spend the remainder of the day looking at student work and planning for the next lesson.  "I think the results would be huge, but I'm worried most of the money will go toward computers in every classroom and new textbooks that are aligned with the new Common Core tests."