Episode 1: Listen to Noah


Noah is 16 years old, laid back, persistently late to school. His friends call him a genius. He shrugs off such praise – says he just does "what he's supposed to do." He's right. He passes his classes and state tests when he's supposed to pass them.

But, in a segregated school system accustomed to failure and remediation, passing represents a rare feat.

Noah's educational journey – full of twists and turns, successes and setbacks – provides an introduction to New York City's separate and unequal schools.

This is the first in a two-episode series on Noah.

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The beginning of this episode references data describing the impact of school integration on the black-white achievement gap. Visit our DATA page and scroll all the way down to see those numbers.