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    by Nicole Fruge posted November 22, 2011
    Charles R. Drew charter school in Atlanta's East Lake neighborhood provides students with everything from golf lessons to netbooks in science class. Through grants and an active faculty the school is able to offer these educational tools to students in an area which has not always enjoyed a wealth of educational funding. —Pouya Dianat for Education Week

    Charles R. Drew charter school in Atlanta's East Lake neighborhood provides students with everything from golf lessons to netbooks in science class. Through grants and an active faculty the school is able to offer these educational tools to students in an area which has not always enjoyed a wealth of educational funding. —Pouya Dianat for Education Week

    I’m a numbers nerd and I used to play a game where I recited multiples as I took steps in my younger days, as soon as I saw [this scene] it clicked with me. It’s a little thing, but I think tiny elements like this can make school fun for kids. It sort of encapsulated the Charles R. Drew charter school for me. Learning doesn’t have to be page after page of small text. It doesn’t have to be in a lecture hall led by Ben Stein. I think the best thing educators can do is embrace everything around them and use them as lessons, even if that includes running up some stairs. —Pouya Dianat