You may know Sandra Tsing Loh as a commentator on NPR's "Morning Edition." Or maybe you read the Los Angeles–based writer's best-selling book, If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now. Loh also gained quite a following for her one-woman play Mother On Fire, which recounts the story of her search for a kindergarten for her daughter. The play ran to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles for seven months.
In the March issue of The Atlantic, Loh writes a classic story, "Tales Out of School," which touches on her experiences with sending her daughter to a Los Angeles public school. The piece might start out a little slow if you're unfamiliar with the writer Jonathan Kozol. But I encourage you to persist through the first part—or skip over it—so you can get to her tale about starting a band at her daughter's school. This story made me laugh out loud and brought me to tears. Enjoy!