© The New Yorker Collection 2008, David Sipress

Century Marks

Euripides for kids: Marva Collins founded the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago for children who had been rejected in school for bad behavior or for their seeming inability to learn. At first she held classes in her home, and she struggled financially. But under her tutelage, children labeled unteachable were reading Shakespeare, Emerson and Euripides by the fourth grade. Now there are Marva Collins schools in several states, and educators come from all over the world to observe her methods. The key to Collins’s success: instilling in children confidence in themselves and the ability to imagine a better future (Tal Ben-Shahar, Happier, McGraw-Hill).


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