Carl Hayden is an inner-city Phoenix high school where all the odds seem to be stacked against the students. Most are on the federal lunch program, a majority is Hispanic and and more than 50 percent are undocumented. Standardized test scores are abysmal. Couple that with recent studies showing that on average Hispanic students drop out of high school at higher rates, get lower grades and are less likely to finish college than white or Asian-American students, and the system seems to be failing these students.
However, two teachers hell bent on removing obstacles, giving students real-world and hands-on experiences where the learning comes from doing and thinking rather than memorization, are turning those bleak stats around. Watch the video to see how they produce motivation, pride and academic achievement in their students.