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Event Details: "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America' Schools"

Description: A lecture by David L. Kirp, James D. Marver Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley.

Susan H. Fuhrman, President of Teachers College–Discussant

Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools, has been hailed by Publishers Weekly and garnered endorsements across the political spectrum. It chronicles how a poor urban school district (Union City, New Jersey, four miles and a light year from Times Square) has transported Latino immigrant children into the education mainstream: 90 percent of those youngsters graduate from high school, 10 percent more than the nationwide average, and 75 percent enroll in college. Improbable Scholars also shows how these successes can reverberate nationwide.

“This powerful book exposes one of the greatest lies in America – that ‘perform-or-die’ accountability for teachers and choice for students will cure what ails public education – and reveals the real way forward. With a gifted writer’s eye for telling detail and a gifted scholar’s sense of the big picture, Kirp shows how a school system in one of the nation’s poorest cities is succeeding without these so-called reforms, and in so doing uncovers the essentials for remaking American education.” — Robert Reich

David L. Kirp, James D. Marver Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, is a former newspaper editor and policy consultant as well as an academic. His interests range widely across policy and politics. In his seventeen books and scores of articles in both the popular press and scholarly journals he has tackled some of America’s biggest social problems, including affordable housing, access to health, gender discrimination and AIDS. His main focus has been on education and children’s policy, spanning the age range from cradle to college and career. He has also shaped policy and served on Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Transition Team.

Type: Lectures & Talks

Location: Milbank Chapel

Date & Time: 3/28/2013, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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