Geoffrey Canada is saving education by any means necessary.
Geoffrey Canada is saving education by any means necessary.You don't have to watch The Wire to know that America's public schools are failing. Nearly one in three seniors won't graduate from high school this year, and one study found that in cities like New York, fewer than half of all high school students graduate on time. "Osama bin Laden is not going to come here and destroy America," says Geoffrey Canada, the director of the New York City youth outreach organization Harlem Children's Zone. "Our education system is doing that just fine."Canada, 54, should know. The HCZ Agency serves more than 9,500 of the neighborhood's most "at-risk" children. It has also expanded to offer a web of twenty programs-providing social services like truancy deterrence and conflict resolution-for children living in a 60-block area of Harlem. Finally, two years ago, the HCZ launched the Promise Academy, a charter school that extends the academic calendar well into the summer and will eventually enroll students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
|Osama Bin Laden is not going to come here and destroy America. Our education system is doing that just fine.|