The Mission: David Kearns's Crusade To Fix America's Schools

Remaking Xerox was child's play compared with this next challenge

Dunn Avenue Elementary is an old school building in a beat-up neighborhood of Memphis where three out of four children are poor. Inside, though, Barbara Williams' fourth-grade classroom comes alive. As Williams reads from Rhinoceros in the Snow, a forest of hands shoots up from the kids circled at her feet. In chorus, they shout out answers to her questions.

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