I Got Schooled
When he was scouting locations for a film, the famed director of The Sixth Sense spent time in two Philadelphia schools. He noticed one school was student-friendly, while the other building had metal detectors and windows with bars. The striking difference convinced him to become more involved in education reform. Shyamalan cites 50 high-achieving schools in poor neighborhoods and the five practices that have contributed to their success: longer hours, smaller schools, data-driven instruction, an improved tenure system, and leaders who focus on instruction instead of administration. A provocative back-to-school read.