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6 points on race and culture from JD Vance and William Julius Wilson

America’s divisions – of race, class and culture – were the subject of an in-depth conversation here at Brookings between William Julius Wilson, Harvard professor, author of The Truly Disadvantaged and Brookings Non-Resident Senior Fellow; and J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. It was a rich, timely and thought-provoking session, and you can watch the whole [...]

6 points on race and culture from JD Vance and William Julius Wilson 2017-09-26T11:57:33+00:00

Rural dreams: Upward mobility in America’s countryside

One of the defining features of the “American Dream” is the ability to succeed despite being born to disadvantaged circumstances. However, growing up to be better off than one’s parents – upward absolute intergenerational mobility – appears to be a fading experience for many Americans in recent decades and one that varies widely across the country. In “Rural dreams: Upward mobility in America’s countryside,” (PDF) [...]

Rural dreams: Upward mobility in America’s countryside 2017-09-26T12:14:04+00:00

Race, poverty, and interpreting overrepresentation in special education

New research by Morgan, Farkas, Hillemeier and Maczuga once again finds that when you take other student characteristics—notably family income and achievement—into account, racial and ethnic minority students are less likely to be identified for special education than white students.1 Though this finding is by now well established, it remains sufficiently controversial to generate substantial media buzz.2  And plenty of research—with less convincing methods—has been interpreted as [...]

Race, poverty, and interpreting overrepresentation in special education 2017-09-26T11:35:38+00:00

High paying jobs alone won’t save big cities

The specters of white worker angst and racial disparities that took center stage during the 2016 presidential election created conditions for a corporate hero to swoop in and make America great again. Enter Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stage left. The tech mogul and newspaper owner has big-city mayors outstretching their arms for the possibility of accommodating and hosting Amazon’s “H2Q” headquarters. The company’s request for [...]

High paying jobs alone won’t save big cities 2017-09-26T12:17:59+00:00

Summer learning loss: What is it, and what can we do about it?

As students return to school this fall, many of them – perhaps especially those from historically disadvantaged student groups – will be starting the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break. This phenomenon – sometimes referred to as summer learning loss, summer setback, or summer slide – has been of interest to education researchers going back [...]

Summer learning loss: What is it, and what can we do about it? 2017-09-26T12:21:51+00:00

College rankings: How they actually work

College rankings are ubiquitous as the school year starts. U.S. News & World Report, Niche, and Times Higher Education all released rankings in September.  The proliferation of these rankings have led some to revolt against the concept of neatly bucketing schools on lists where they are in the "top" or "bottom" of rankings, especially as top performers tend to be expensive private schools, and ballooning [...]

College rankings: How they actually work 2017-09-22T13:23:45+00:00

Can education innovations help us leapfrog progress?

By 2030, over half of the world’s young people are projected to reach adulthood without the skills they need to thrive in work and life. More worrisome still, we estimate that it will take decades—in some places over 100 years—for children of poor families to catch up to the learning levels of the richest. Faced with this urgent learning crisis, can we chart a new [...]

Can education innovations help us leapfrog progress? 2017-09-25T16:43:44+00:00

This Man Teaches Kids In The South Why The Civil Rights Movement Matters Today

As the outreach coordinator for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Woods visits classrooms across the state, teaching kids about the civil rights movement with interactive activities. He makes visits a handful of times per month, mostly to fourth grade classes in public schools, walking the kids through key moments in the movement that took place in Alabama, from the lunch counter sit-ins to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter [...]

This Man Teaches Kids In The South Why The Civil Rights Movement Matters Today 2017-09-25T16:58:56+00:00

How to Engage on the Education Sustainable Development Goals

Reduce inequality and close the gap between rich and poor. Provide quality education for every child and decent jobs for all. These are just some of the ambitions set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs),unanimously adopted at the United Nations General Assembly Summit in September 2015. Each goal is further broken out into specific targets,169 between them, to reach by 2030. The SDGs are [...]

How to Engage on the Education Sustainable Development Goals 2017-09-26T09:59:55+00:00

Engaging Women in Conservation

This past March, the theme for Women’s History Month was “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” To close out the month-long celebration, we wanted to talk to women who literally blaze trails: the women of Conservation Corps. Based on the model of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the Great Depression, modern Conservation Corps are locally-based organizations that engage diverse young adults in service and job [...]

Engaging Women in Conservation 2017-09-20T15:49:44+00:00