Article courtesy of Good News Network, written by Terry Turner.
As the United States still struggles to successfully educate inner-city youth–especially boys–there is a school in the heart of Newark, New Jersey that is run by those very students while maintaining a 98 percent graduation rate.
St. Benedict’s Preparatory School nearly had to close its doors 50 years ago when the racial and political turmoil of the 1960s brought about the collapse of the inner city and ‘white flight’ to the suburbs, at a time when the economy was failing.
That’s when the headmaster, a Benedictine monk named Edwin Leahy, found the perfect guidebook with which to resurrect the school — The Boy Scout Handbook. 60 Minutes recently aired "The Resurrection of St. Benedict's," documenting the school's success.
It is a manual for teaching boys to be independent and to become leaders. Leahy applied the lessons in that book to St. Benedict’s beginning in 1972 and let the students take the lead in keeping the school open and operating.
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