NYTimes profiles Brockton High School, a 4,100-student behemoth in a lower-class Massachusetts immigrant town. Growing up on Boston's South Shore, I knew "Brockton" as a byword for crumminess. Brockton was sometimes the punchline of the joke, "The South may have invented white trash, but [insert trashy town here] perfected it."
Some teachers (unionized teachers!) have changed that, at least at the high school. Kudos to Dr. Szachowicz and friends for bringing grassroots change to the teaching culture, and kudos to the administration for stepping back and letting the educators take control.