House Calls 

Channing Woodsum drops in unannounced at the homes of underperforming students. What he learns is eye-opening.

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Woodsum says good-bye and the mother genuinely thanks him for coming. He drives down the block and points to a large group of teenagers gathered on the corner. "Her kid is probably there," he says. "You see situations like that where the parent is clearly at a loss to exert pressure. ... They ask me, 'What am I supposed to do?' I've seen that so many times. I wish I had more tools to offer."

Matthew Green worked as a journalism teacher at Media Academy High.


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