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When good eyesight is a privilege, learning suffers

from Good Magazine

Last fall, things were not going well in several classrooms at Middle School 223 in the Bronx. One boy in an eighth grade classroom wouldn't stop bothering the kid sitting next to him — he was constantly being written up for talking in class. A sixth grade girl in the back of the class had yet to utter a word all semester. For MS223, located in the poorest congressional district in the United States, it was just another day of behavior problems and kids who couldn't seem to be bothered to pay attention. But a week later, everything changed. The boy who couldn't stop bothering neighboring students suddenly quieted down and began paying attention. The girl who hadn't said a word started speaking. The difference? The kids got glasses. more


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