Parents who at one moment didn't even want to set foot in the school to watch their children give oral presentations now do what they can to support the school: They paint the building, sweep the floors, and cook for students and visitors.
This is not just a story of the resiliency of children and adults in distressed communities. It is a moment that demonstrates how important it is for educators -- and students and families -- to communicate and collaborate with each other to promote learning.
Students were ready to take on the challenge, not just to teach their classmates how to find the perimeter of a given shape, but to make their school a better place to learn -- a strategy that is rarely employed in failing schools in the U.S.
In the U.S., tutoring is synonymous with supplementing what a child learns in the classroom with sessions outside of school. But here in Mexico, Convivencia Educativa imagines one-on-one tutoring as the primary way to educate students.
Attending private classes compensates for the incredibly low level of secondary and high school educators. Demand is so high that in these last weeks of classes the houses of freelance professors are packed.
City Year is not about a magic potion to cure all of our students' problems in a night. Instead it is about showing up everyday to the schools, believing in our students and working tirelessly to help them succeed.