Participating in a workshop on educational reforms in American public schools led by several major US family foundations. Despite several great local success stories, without system-wide changes it will take 105 years at the current pace to close the achievement gap in public education. Depressing.
The good news is that 80 local school districts in the US have now made the courageous commitment to ensure all their public schools integrate kids from across the socioeconomic spectrum. Overwhelming evidence proves that mixed income schools tend to perform well and schools that segregate poverty mostly fail.