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martes, 22 de agosto de 2006
No Child Left Behind, The Rest of the Story
By nsbyrer @ 04:15 p. m. :: 5601 Views :: Article Rating :: Education to Career
On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 18, 19 and 20, 2004, the Chicago Tribune devoted half its front page, plus full inside pages of the first section of the paper to a Special Report: No Child Left Behind. The focus of this series was o­n "One Girl's Struggle to find a Future". You may still be able to find this story in the archives of the o­n-line Chicago Tribune at   It did a great job of drawing attention to the challenges faced by kids living in innercity neighborhoods.

However, it did not tell The Rest of the Story

In Chicago during the 2003-04 school year, 270,000 students were eligible to transfer to better schools. 19,000 applied to transfer. 1,097 were granted transfers and 536 actually transferred. The student profiled in this series was o­ne of those who transferred. As the series unfolds, readers see the struggle. In a July 22, 2004 editorial, the Chicago Tribune summarizes the problem by saying, "as the story of Rayola shows, no well-intentioned law, no well-intentioned school, can succeed without the follow-through of a child's parent."

In short, blame the parent. That's been the media strategy in Chicago.  But it is not realistic and does not consider the many challenges poverty puts o­n parents living in inner city neighgborhoods with high concentrations of poverty.

The T/MC agrees that the parent is a child's primary tutor and mentor. However, families living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty face many struggles that families in other neighborhoods don't face. Unfortunately this series did not show this part of the problem, or how few family support systems are n place in this area. Nor did the series provide a path for involvement to volunteers, business leaders and others who might want to become an extended family of support for children like Rayola.

The T/MC is attempting to follow media stories with maps that show where the news story took place, and with an interactive Program Locator database that potential volunteers and donors can use to support the growth of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in these neighborhoods. Read the Rest of the Story that we posted in July 2004.

If you would like to help the T/MC build this Rest of the Story capacity, email


Visit the Education to Career Links section of the Tutor/Mentor Library to find ideas and resources to help your organization build its strategy for mentoring kids to careers.  Join the Discussion forum to share ideas and collaborate o­n strategies that give you the resources needed to put these good ideas to work in your program or community.


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