Cultural learning for would-be teachers

In Chicago, nearly 90 percent of public school students are black or Hispanic while most teachers are middle-class whites. Education Week’s Lisa Stark followed aspiring teachers through the summer STEP-UP program, which tries to bridge the cultural divide by placing trainees with black and Hispanic families while they work in inner-city schools.

One host warns against “the savior mentality.”

Gray expectations

College success requires academic preparation — and understanding academic expectations.

In Teaching across the cultural divide, a foreign-born student with poor writing skills threatens to give the adjunct a bad online rating unless she gets an A.