What is the best predictor of success is life? Is it intelligence? Is it good looks? It appears (as common sense would point to anyway) that self discipline, self sacrifice and hardwork are the number one predictor of success.
The question is, how do we use this knowledge to improve our failing schools and help the poorest in our communities?
Washington Post Columnist Jay Mathews in his article America’s Best Schools tackles that very question.
The Knowledge Is Power Program, called KIPP (rhymes with hip), appears to be the most interesting and successful attempt so far to raise the achievement of low-income, minority children. Since finding ways to help poor students learn has been the central theme of my reporting for the past two decades, I have been giving KIPP a great deal of attention.
One of the Five Pillars they conceived as the heart of their system was focusing on results. They have been publishing annual report cards on their schools since KIPP began to expand in 2001 with the financial backing of Gap stores founders Doris and Don Fisher.
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