Alice Goffman's fieldwork in a struggling Philadelphia neighborhood sheds harsh light on a justice system that creates suspects rather than citizens.
"When students become more familiar with the realities of poverty and individuals struggling to break free of it, they begin to develop a greater sense of responsibility to take action to promote social change." -Stephen Black, President & Founder
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Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: help design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments.
Geoffrey Canada has spent decades as head of the Harlem Children's Zone, which supports kids from birth through college in order to break the cycle of poverty.
In recent decades, we've witnessed a fundamental shift in how we "sort" ourselves into like-minded groups, neighborhoods, and online communities. Stephen Black argues that the future of moral progress is incumbent upon developing empathy and compassion for those unlike ourselves.
Velasquez-Manoff, Moises. (2017-03-04, The New York Times): The research on the benefits of diversity does not bode well for our mostly white, mostly male administration.
Preston, Caroline. (2016-10-25, The New York Times): Seattle tries a program to reduce incarceration of addicts, and other cities begin to follow.
Tough, Paul. (June 2016, The Atlantic): In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.
Dynarski, Susan. (2016-10-28, The New York Times): How Congress and the Department of Education can fix an increasingly important system in which graduation rates are low and default rates are high.
Podcasts & Radio
A decade ago, Utah set itself an ambitious goal: end chronic homelessness. As of 2015, the state can just about declare victory: The population of chronically homeless people has dropped by 91 percent.
In Part 1, This American Life looked at a school district integrating by accident. In Part 2: a city going all out to integrate its schools. Plus, a girl who comes up with her own one-woman integration plan.
Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there's one thing nobody tries anymore, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program. First of a two-part series.
Hale County, Alabama, has a surprising secret: nearly a quarter of its population is living off of disability. What this means, why it is happening, and what it says about the state of the nation, are surprising answers.
In Under the Affluence, author Tim Wise discusses economic inequality and the demonization of those in need. He reminds us that there was a time when the hardship of fellow Americans stirred feelings of sympathy, solidarity for struggling families, and support for policies and programs meant to alleviate poverty. Today, however, mainstream discourse blames people with low income for their own situation, and the notion of an intractable "culture of poverty" has pushed our country in an especially ugly direction.
By abandoning their commitment to students, politicians are imperiling our highest ideals as a nation. Degrees of Inequality offers an impassioned call to reform a higher education system that has come to exacerbate, rather than mitigate, socioeconomic inequality in America.
What should we do to improve the lives of children growing up in adversity? From the best-selling author of How Children Succeed, a handbook to guide readers through the new science of success.
The National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in Washington, D.C., which promote fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.
The Alliance for Early Success is a catalyst for bringing state, national, and funding partners together to improve state policies for children, starting at birth and continuing through age eight.
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth.
Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) supports journalism, photo and video about economic struggle. We commission and develop stories about an unseen America and place them in many major publications.
This course will introduce students to the concepts of justice and obligation in various faith traditions and foster discussion on issues faced by the working poor, misperceptions of those living in poverty, and current policies affecting low-income families and individuals.
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This award-winning documentary delves into the legendary chess team of Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, New York. Students of diverse backgrounds are challenged by the the game, their opponents, and the massive budget cuts to after-school activities. Each success is hard-earned, and the students of the chess team use their determination and skills to propel them into high school and beyond.
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows a handful of young, hopeful students as they navigate the complexities of a changing educational landscape. Through these nuanced portraits, Guggenheim offers a radical review and critique of the inevitabilities of certain education policies and how we can, and must, reform the system.
Noted economic policy expert Robert Reich takes on the enormous issue of widening income inequality and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on our economy but our democracy itself.
50 Million Americans—1 in 4 children—don't know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat.