Tuesday, November 28, 2006

given the chance...

The US has a pretty good degree of social mobility, but it is far from a pure meritocracy. Why? Because everybody doesn't have equal access to education (not to say nutrition) that can help native talent come out. For example, most sub-average students can't get into Yale and become President of the United States unless they are lucky enough to have a daddy that went to Yale (and a Supreme Court majority on their side).

But schools in Seaford, Delaware began offering programs to help get more students into college-prep and college-level courses. Many of the students in question are minority kids. And surprise, surprise, with a school making the effort and making more difficult classes available to "average" kids, more black students from Seaford are "doing well and going on to college." Other places around the country have tried similar programs, with similar results.


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