Sunday, August 23, 2015
$200 million dollar public education program fails.
If you are interested in America's children, their and our future, economic inequality and related topics, there are few topics more frustrating than the failures of America's education system, from K-12 to the university level. The problems are most acute in big cities with large minority populations (e.g., Dallas, TX, Newark, NJ) $200 million was donated to try to improve Newark N.J. public schools. Although there are some bright spots, the effort largely failed. Why? This book suggests a number of reasons including politics, egos, and a failure to involve parents and teachers. I suggest another, the failure to understand the families and environments of poor, black urban children.