A new teacher's dreams run headlong into reality

12/20/2004 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

In the first of a two-part series, the Los Angeles Times profiles Ricardo Lira Acuna, a Stanford-educated writer now in a teaching intern program for mid-career changers. Despite expectations that he could make a difference in his students' lives, he finds that he's quickly becoming discouraged over his students' apathetic response.

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