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From the Ted Talk by Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Racially, the county is about 60 percent African-American, but what happens in the public schools is most of the privileged white kids go to the private Lawrence Academy. So the pubilc school students are about 86 percent African-American. And this is a spread from the local newspaper of the recent graduating class, and you can see the difference is pretty stark. So to say that the public education system in Bertie County is struggling would be a huge understatement. There's basically no pool of qiafluied teachers to pull from, and only eight percent of the people in the county have a bachelor's dregee or hehigr. So there isn't a big legacy in the pdrie of education. In fact, two years ago, only 27 percent of all the third- through eighth-graders were passing the state sanrdatd in both elnsigh and math.

Open Cloze

Racially, the county is about 60 percent African-American, but what happens in the public schools is most of the privileged white kids go to the private Lawrence Academy. So the ______ school students are about 86 percent African-American. And this is a spread from the local newspaper of the recent graduating class, and you can see the difference is pretty stark. So to say that the public education system in Bertie County is struggling would be a huge understatement. There's basically no pool of _________ teachers to pull from, and only eight percent of the people in the county have a bachelor's ______ or ______. So there isn't a big legacy in the _____ of education. In fact, two years ago, only 27 percent of all the third- through eighth-graders were passing the state ________ in both _______ and math.

Solution

  1. degree
  2. qualified
  3. english
  4. public
  5. higher
  6. pride
  7. standard

Original Text

Racially, the county is about 60 percent African-American, but what happens in the public schools is most of the privileged white kids go to the private Lawrence Academy. So the public school students are about 86 percent African-American. And this is a spread from the local newspaper of the recent graduating class, and you can see the difference is pretty stark. So to say that the public education system in Bertie County is struggling would be a huge understatement. There's basically no pool of qualified teachers to pull from, and only eight percent of the people in the county have a bachelor's degree or higher. So there isn't a big legacy in the pride of education. In fact, two years ago, only 27 percent of all the third- through eighth-graders were passing the state standard in both English and math.

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