Category Archives: education

Recommended Reading

Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students, and Their High School

Samuel Freedman writes beautifully about the experience of high school students at Seward Park on the Lower East Side in the late 1980’s.  This book is fabulous for understanding the lives of people different from yourself through deep and thoughtful reporting and narrative.  It will reawaken your belief in urban public schools, or perhaps awaken that belief for the first time.

Samuel Freedman is currently a professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Link to Amazon to buy Small Victories.

Link to Samuel Freedman’s website.

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I Never Thought I Could Love an Economist

Talk about love at first sight.  

Listen to Mr. Fryer’s words.  

The achievement gap is the number one civil rights issue in this country.  

AND the man is funny–he schools Colbert!  Beautiful.  Please watch this.  

Roland Fryer on The Colbert Report

I’m in love.


More links to learn more about Fryer and his project to address the achievement gap through paying Black students for high grades:

Click here for his contact information at Harvard.

Click here to view the project website: Edlabs.

Click here to read a Wall Street Journal article.

Click here to read an article in the London Times. 

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