We tend to underestimate the value of social capital in trying to assess equal opportunity. A high schooler with two college-educated parents may have very similar aptitude to a fellow student with one parent who finished the sixth grade. When it comes time to prepare for college and apply for admission, the educated parents can provide significantly more help with the hidden, inner game of transcript building, standardized tests, application essays, and school selection…
There is mutually assured damage from continuing the way we’ve been going. The United States needs those young people educated. And those young people need us, concerned adults ready to step out of their daily routine and intrude in the steady production of dropouts who go on to less promising adult lives. We can do better."
— Ray Suarez, Call is Out to Sabotage the Dropout Crisis
i am graduating in the morning
Congrats, you! Take a pic for us, will you? We’re curating a Pinterest board for the high school graduating class of 2012. Would love to have you on it. (A couple of different ways to get it to us: tag it #AmGrad2012 on Instagram/twitter, email us, Tumblr it or send carrier pigeons). Have fun tomorrow :D
On Wednesday’s NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown sits down with jazz great Wynton Marsalis. The musician, educator and author was leading the 16th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York.
Part-competition, part-celebration, part-workshop, 110 high school bands from around the country entered this year’s competition, submitting recorded performances for the judges. Just 15 were chosen.
Tune in Wednesday to watch. Meantime, you can watch this extended interview with Marsalis: