What Happened at Success Academy: Race, Poverty, and the Shame Spotlight

This is an excerpt of my blogpost on Education Week Teacher. Read more at An Edugeek’s Guide to K-12 Practice and Policy.

I’m sure you’ve all seen viral video posted by the NY Times. The one with the first grade teacher from The Success Academy, erupting at her tiny peanut of a student who had demonstrated the wrong procedures to solve a math problem.

When I watched it and then read the accompanying piece this morning, I must admit I got sick to my stomach. So many thoughts swirled through my head; so many questions. But there was one issue I just can’t let go.

The most important thing–perhaps overlooked in the article–is that the conversation is about the individual and not about the larger issue. 

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