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I have seen classroom miracles at Michaela Community School

Children who joined Katharine Birbalsingh’s school with a reading age of six were reeling off French verbs

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

It was like being on the set of an inspirational Hollywood film about a visionary teacher who transforms the lives of disadvantaged African-American and Hispanic children in a run-down part of Los Angeles. The young woman leaping about at the front of the class, who had somehow got a group of 12- and 13-year-olds speaking fluent French, looked a bit like Emma Stone.

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Toby Young is associate editor of The Spectator.

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