Their school is broke, their teaching staff is smaller than ever, and the last advanced placement course has been slashed from the master schedule.
But the two-member English department at Castlemont’s East Oakland School of the Arts decided to teach AP English anyway, before school and during an arts period.
About 20 students finished their first semester last month. Some told me they signed up with their college applications in mind, but that the course has made them far more prepared for college-level work. And that they love to read now, on their own.
Many education stories either outrage or inspire, but I’ve heard reactions of both kinds from this one.
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