Put dozens of boys in a new school in South L.A., the first one in Los Angeles Unified devoted to young men.
Give them ties to knot over sweater vests bearing their names and the logo of the Boys Academic Leadership Academy.
Bring them to USC to show them what college looks like, and then return them to class. All on the first day of school.
Anything might happen.
One student might feel like he isn’t good enough to be there.
“What’s the point of putting this tie on?” a boy said to teacher Tommy Johnson. “I don’t deserve it.”
Johnson reassured him, “You're...