Gaston Caperton on School Choice
Caperton: I think any way that we can, that we can bring a better opportunity for students… We have in New York now, the College Board has not 14 schools that we run in New York City that are from the 6th grade to the 12th grade, small schools. You see a school within a school, and we’ve had remarkable success in those schools. I think those students are coming out of there, in New York… I mean, in New York City, the graduation rate is a little above 50% [or about] 80%, and we have, about 80% of these students are prepared to go to some sort of post-high school graduation. Valedictorians are going to the very best schools in the country. So, I know what you can do when you put a special effort into a school. We’re only able to do that because we’ve gotten great support from the Gates Foundation and other foundations. So, we’ve had additional resources that we could put in the schools to really bring them up to the level. The students rise to that level when they’re given the challenge.
School choice puts one more card in parents’ decks, Gaston Caperton says.
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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