Fixing Education & the Economy

Richard Kahan, founder and CEO of The Urban Assembly, discusses the trouble with education and the economy in today's cities.
Monday, October 29, 2012 00:05 EDT | 5
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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/5/2012 4:57:40 PM
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The specialized public schools in NYC
For many years, NYC has had specialized public schools for gifted students, who may or may not come from disadvantaged homes. Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, HS of the Performing Arts... these have been great models for education, no?

James Wallace
James Wallace  
10/31/2012 10:01:32 PM
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ratchet isn't a joke
The word 'ratchet' is often used these days in pop culture to describe something unfathomly unruly in regards to people. To the dismay of many civil individuals, that may sound foreign or alarming, however it is REAL. 

I believe education in itself has limited power or influence against household upbringing and chaos. 

It doesn't make sense to foster human capital that looks nice on paper yet is utterly dysfunctional IMHO. 

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
10/29/2012 10:21:05 PM
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Children Need a positive influence
Most of the children I seen who have achieved positively, have had someone to encourage and help them.  Usually it is the parent, but it can be a relative, neighbor, teacher, etc....

I have heard teachers say I cannot save them all, but at least I can save one.  If successful people would adopt a child which has been done at some charter schools the children have a chance for success.


Many times youth do not know what it really takes to succeed, even though they have a dream of success.  As disadvantage youth realize the lack of opportunity they stop trying and turn to other things.

Edification and encouragment go a long way.  The public institutions such as Libraries, Museums, College Campuses can really influence a child.

Some children have achieved success with the lack of resources because the had a never give up attitude and found assistance.  Look at the great people who came from disadvantaged backgrounds... George Washington Carver, Ben Carson.

Positive Influence goes a long way! We need to achieve as an example and reach down to help someone up as a goal.




10/29/2012 7:50:18 PM
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more training opportunities
We need to simplify how we deliver the message of education and diversify the methods to do so. ie- We need more training opportunities and taster sessions for young people, especially in poorer areas. This way we can inspire young people. With this we also need a training provision that sponsors students that show an interest in certain areas of study or work so that the people who show the enthusiasm get the jobs and internships, not just the wealthy. Nice video, thanks

10/29/2012 6:12:53 PM
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Fixing Education and the Economy
Interesting post - the spend per year in different schools is quite staggering, especially if one considers the importance of education.

With regards to the role of city planning on education, I like the idea of creating or stimulating neighbouhoods so that local role models become more obvious to youngsters. Seeing local business owners working hard and finding success, as well as being popular and 'cool' is vital. Seeing adults fed through a machine of low value dead end jobs is not going to inspire anyone, so mixed neighbourhoods with opportunities for local enterprise has got to be essential.

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