Making Schools Work: Real-Life Learning

by Alicia Green for the PBS program Making Schools Work

Jesse Hood is the kind of kid you’d want your daughter to date. He is polite, clean-cut and respectful. He comes from a nice family, makes decent grades and always has a summer job. But until recently, he wasn’t a student that people noticed in his Corbin, Kentucky high school, located between an old-fashioned root […]

The Drop Out Problem

by Alicia Green for the PBS program Making Schools Work

Sue Kinsey spends her days with her dog, Smokey, in a well-kept trailer off a gravel road in the hills of southeastern Kentucky. Kinsey, who is 56, chain smokes, and has a persistent, hacking cough to prove it. She lives below the poverty line, as does her daughter, Elizabeth, who lives down the road. Neither […]