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A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.

-Frederick Douglass

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When Young Kids See Real People Getting Shot and Dying on TV

In the subsequent 35 years, I had never watched a man actually get shot on…

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Former NFL Player
Former NFL Player Invests in Kids’ Social-Emotional Development

The 6’6”, 268 pound (121.56 kilo) Idonije is a retired defensive player with the NFL,…

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girls
Camfed Supports Girls’ Education in Africa

All of our team members in Africa are nationals of the countries in which they…

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prison pipeline
Stopping the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

It may startle you to learn that in 2011–2012, black children—who make up 18% of…

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college
College Is Unaffordable Across the Country

Developed by the Lumina Foundation, the Rule of 10 suggests that college is affordable if…

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Critical Mentoring Is Critical to College Success

How that relates to college access means even talking about what it means to go…

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teachers
Why We Need to Teach Teachers Better

During our interview, I asked Sahlberg about the U.S. education system, among many other things…

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exercise
To Do Better in School, Exercise!

Yet, exercise appears to be extremely effective in reducing symptoms. It also improves mood as…

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diplomas
Diplomas Now Helps Keep Kids in School

When researcher Bob Balfanz and his colleagues first discovered the predictive power of early warning…

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diplomas
Invisible Woman: The Struggles of Black Girls in School

I was one of the fortunate ones. Though I felt ugly on the outside, I…

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Sahlberg
If Pasi Sahlberg were U.S. Secretary of Education

The biggest problem in the U.S. is its inequality. It is the most unequal country…

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Grant
Change the World with a MacArthur Foundation 100 and Change Grant

The solutions must be verifiable—we’re looking for solutions that have strong evidence that they will…

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2016
Class of 2016 – Beating the Odds

As long as large numbers of students of color remain ill-prepared to succeed in and…

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talk
Don’t Talk With Your Mouth Full—but Do Talk!

There needs to be more communication between parents and their children around mealtime. Our data…

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White House
This “Champion of Change” Wants You To Make Something

The goal is really multi-faceted. One goal is to help young people to be more…

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science day
Science Day at JFK Features Lightweight Plane

On Wednesday, June 15, more than 300 New York City elementary, middle-, and high-school students…

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HistoryMakers
The HistoryMakers Selects Two Young Winners

The HistoryMakers, the largest national collection effort of African American video oral histories on record,…

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ESSA
Why Numbers Matter Under ESSA

Although education has been termed the great equalizer, there is nothing equal about education in…

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Black children
Why Education Is the Key to the American Dream

Unfortunately, a child’s odds of receiving a great education too often comes down to the…

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core skills
The 6 Core Skills Your Child Needs to Succeed

One reason why the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton is such an outsize success (it won…

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