The best episode of This American Life for the past 2 years.
It’s a story about two schools and their students. One is the fanciest; the other really poor that doesn’t even have a library. They are only three miles away. The story shows a devastating life trajectory for even the most brilliant students from the poor school. They were frustrated in a competitive world whereas their world barely prepared them; they dropped out of college. They couldn’t even imagine those beautiful facilities — like a clean library with free books — were there for them to use. A guy who got the scholarship to get into a college was not thinking of becoming elite; he just didn’t want to end up being a homeless. He could be a janitor.
A story, about the self-failing prophecy of the first middle class not-to-be.
550: Three Miles
Mar 13, 2015
There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better.