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Celebrating (and Debating) the Success of the Harlem Children's Zone

On Sunday night's 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper picked up an Ed Bradley story from 2006 to assess how well Geoffrey Canada's Harlem Children's Zone...

On Sunday night's 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper picked up an Ed Bradley story from 2006 to assess how well Geoffrey Canada's Harlem Children's Zone experiment is going. The piece was fist-pumpingly feel-good. Cooper was glowing, a Harvard education expert who has studied HCZ was glowing, and so was I as I watched. Naturally, it took only a few hours before someone called all that back-patting into question.We've covered Canada before-and most recently in the GOOD 100 issue-and Cooper's piece was pretty sympatico with what we've already told you: The experiment is going really well. Specifically, when Harvard economists examined four years' worth of test scores they found that Canada's Promise Academy schools had closed the racial achievement gap in math and reading at elementary level; 100 percent of third graders were at or above state math levels; and within three years, middle schoolers (who entered the Promise Academy way behind their peers), were almost caught up.Cooper rightly calls the accomplishment huge, and Canada soberly replies: "It's about an hour-worth-of-celebration huge."Aaron Pallas, a Professor of Sociology and Education at Columbia who has also worked at the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S. Department of Education took a closer look at the numbers and he's less quick than Cooper to celebrate:I am hard-pressed to conclude, based on the most recent data available, that the results are, in Cooper's terms, "nothing short of stunning," or that the gap is gone for good. The 2009 results for third-graders are terrific; those for students in grades four, five and eight are not. Here's the data he's referring to:


He goes on: These latter grades show large and persistent gaps within New York City in both English Language Arts and mathematics.... If the third-grade pattern were to persist through the end of high school-on assessments we can trust-that would truly be nothing short of stunning, and well worth celebrating. But it's still too early to declare victory.That seems reasonable enough to me-though I'm not sure it warrants the antagonistic (but funny) "How Gullible is Anderson Cooper?" headline.Image via
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If you are totally ready to move on from Donald Trump, you're not alone. According to a report last April from the Wason Center National Survey of 2020 Voters, "President Trump will be the least popular president to run for reelection in the history of polling."

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After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

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"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

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Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.

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