Every day since 1981, Rafe Esquith has faced an L.A. public schoolroom full of kids who nearly all live in poverty and speak a first language other than English. By the time fifth grade's over for the day, Esquith’s students have studied algebra and music, timeless literature, and economic and ethical principles, working harder than most other kids by voluntarily spending more hours in the classroom. They go on to attend schools like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. Esquith once told National Public Radio, "Until the playing field is level, I have... More >>>