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EDUCATION: Teaching the poorest is possible

Letter by Bill F. Nerin, Gig Harbor on Oct. 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm with 1 Comment »
October 26, 2010 3:38 pm

Professor Dexter Gordon’s Oct. 26 article brought back delightful memories from the late ’60s in Oklahoma City.

At that time our small Community of John XXIII church opened a Montessori preschool in the heart of the poverty area with the help of funds from the federal poverty program. One forth of our kids were African Americans, one fourth were Latinos, one fourth were Native Americans and one fourth were Caucasian migrants from Arkansas.

We hired a Ph.D in education and a certified Montessori teacher to guide our teacher aides who came from the same poverty neighborhood, most of whom had only a high school degree. Within four years, they all had graduated from a two-year community college.

But the greatest delight was the progress those poverty kids achieved in their education. The superintendent from the local public school rejoiced in our presence, as he said that our kids came in at the second grade level.

My experience some forty years ago certainly validates what Professor Gordon advocates. Educating our poorest children is no big miracle; it is doable.

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  1. Bill,
    Thank you and your church for such a beautiful example of true Christianity in action.

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