What is being done to tackle educational inequalities in the USA? Is the American dream in danger? Peter Curran travels from New York to Washington DC to discover what is being done to tackle educational inequalities and failing urban schools.
In New York, Peter learns about a foundation set up by millionaire George Weiss to help poor school children and their families. Visiting schools in Brooklyn and Scarsdale, Peter sees the inequality that exists between urban schools and suburban schools and meets students from both who are investigating the causes.
He then travels to Washington to see what is being done at a national level to tackle these problems. He finds out how the government is trying to revive urban public education with Charter schools and the ‘No Child Left Behind’ initiative.
Finally Peter visits a KIPP (Knowledge is Power Programme) school which is held up by many as the solution to America’s urban education problems.