Setting Higher Goals for Economically Disadvantaged Children

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Geoffrey Canada | Monday December 8th…“, posted with vodpod

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m just starting to research the Harlem Children’s Zone. It’s embarrassing because so many of our ideas are so similar.

The Harlem Children’s Zone starts with children at birth. Their goal is to end generational poverty. They believe in investing time and resources into education at a young age in order to build a foundation for lifetime success.

It’s interesting, however, to hear CEO Geoffrey Canada define what a lifetime of success looks like.

In an interview with Colbert (featured above), Canada explained:

“We are determined that our parents are going to give their children something better than generational poverty and we want them to give them good education so that they can grow up to be tax payers and help support this great country instead of costing America millions and hundreds of millions of dollars while we lock up more children and more adults in this country than anyplace else on the face of the earth.”

I’m reminded of a quote I heard from Howard Fuller, the director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, during one of his lectures. He said something along the lines of:

“Our job is not to prepare our children for the 21st century. Our job is to prepare our children to transform the 21st century.”

That goal seems a lot bigger and more aligned with the potential of our children. The functioning of our democracy and the welfare of our country and the world demand more than just diligent taxpayers. We need to help our children develop into creative problem-solvers, innovators, informed and proactive citizens, productive workers, balanced and healthy individuals, and humanitarian beings.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s