Lavea Brachman was a nonresident senior fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program.
From the learning sciences literature we know that kids can learn small things, like addition and subtraction, on the way to big things — like creativity and collaboration. We're not doing poor kids any favors by the drill-and-kill method.
To change mindsets, you have to start at school. It’s not just about reading and writing and counting. It’s about developing a social and political consciousness. You want them to have a good life.
Just because there are a lot of innovations, that does not mean education will necessarily improve quickly.