Can Public Education Save America’s Kids?

Friday, August 15, 2008

We look at the complicated relationship between race and poverty, and what America’s public school system needs to do in order to promote racial equity. Pedro Noguera is the author of The Trouble With Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education.


Pedro Noguera

Comments [5]


How about revising the history books? Instead of memorizing dates and tidbits, how about some real critical thinking about historic events? Okay, so students may learn some ugly things, but that's the reality of life.

Aug. 16 2008 01:42 PM
Richard Williams from Larchmont, NY

I am a 47 year old unemployed music teacher who has had interviews with 22 school districts since 2002. I hold NYS permanent certification. It is very frustrating. I have a passion for music education and want to pass this on to students, particularly in teaching them the instruments of the concert band(I am a trombone player). All I ask is to be on the conductor's podium and give students the chance to be the best they can be.

Aug. 15 2008 12:47 PM
cary sperling from chelsea

Just tuned in and couldn't help writing that back in the 80s I wrote a letter to mayor wagner advocating community centers in low income neighborhoods---which undoubtedly would have affected all the problems discussed during this program. Never heard a response, tho, from Mayor Wagner!!!!

Aug. 15 2008 12:37 PM
Pablo Alto from Riverdale but work in Manhattan...

This is a critical moment in history for this country. We must focus resources and energy on creating real opportunities for young men of color. We cannot afford to keep wasting the potential of generations of young people. The 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys as well or The Pipeline Crisis/Winning Strategies initiative are both dedicated to this mission. The question is whether we collectively can create the critical mass necessary for real positive change.

Aug. 15 2008 12:34 PM
Dag Sheepshanks from brooklyn

this is a repeat isnt it? i think I save this story from last year or 2006

Aug. 15 2008 12:22 PM

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