GeoffreyCanada - Harlem Children's Gift To Education
Geoffrey Canada - A Real Educator
We all have heard the pros and cons about education, how much it cost, how it is or isn't working. We all know that the government doesn't seem to know how to make the system work. They say lack of funds is the problem. But, once in a while one comes across a person who "gets it" and that person is Geoffrey Canada.
Geoffrey Canada was born January 13, 1952 in the New York and raised in South Bronx. He is the 3rd of 4 sons. He parents divorced in 1956. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Master's Degree in Education schooled at Harvard. He is a 3 degree black belt (Chang Moo Kwan of Teakwondo).
In 1990, Geoffrey was working as President of Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families. Discontent with the direction the program was going, he developed what now is known as Harlem Children's Zone. He transformed the center into an organization that actively followed the academic careers of youth in a 24 block radius in Harlem. The latest update: he continued to expand it into a growth of 97 blocks.
Harlem Children's Zone has been profiled in New York Times Magazine, US News and World Report; he has been interviewed by 60 Minutes, Charlie Rose and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
According to the Web site (Obama-Biden), "Organizing For America", having seen the success of the Harlem Children's Zone, in 2009, US President Barack Obama announced plans to replicate the HCZ model in 20 other cities across the nation.
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I have the highest respect for Mr. Canada and what he has done for children, but when posting this article, I do not necessary believe he has the right answer regarding gun control. My heart goes out to him, however, because the people who could help do not help or they let politics get in the way. My posting this article is to give you an update on Mr. Canada and to keep this lens current. Thank you for reading his article.
Last weekend, I woke at 4:30 in the morning, slipped out of bed so as not to wake my wife and found myself pacing around my kitchen table, round and round, tears streaming down my face. I knew what it was: post-traumatic stress. Suddenly, the pain and sadness were overwhelming.
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Harlem Children Zone’s Promise Academy
Charter school, built with $60M from city
There are pros and cons on this news release, but if anyone can do anything good for education, I believe it is Mr. Canada. Yes, 60M is a lot of money but a lot more have been wasted and this man has an excellent track record! Please read this new release.
Enthused parents, students, and investors cheered the opening of the Harlem Children's Zone's new school and community center — but residents remained skeptical about the $100 million facility.
Read more: Canada dedicates new school
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Note: Rock singer Prince donates $1.5 million to three very deserving three local New York City schools.
Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada and Davis Guggenheim
Help Improve Education (update 09/15/2010)
Bill Gates knows the importance of education, even if he did drop out of Harvard University to start Microsoft. That's why he's promoting "Waiting for Superman," Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim's new documentary on the sorry state of U.S. public schools.
Speaking at a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie Waiting for Superman was shown over the weekend, Gates said U.S. schools aren't producing enough skilled workers for high-tech companies like Microsoft.
"It's harder to find these people in the U.S. than you would expect," said Gates, who also appears in the film. "If you look at the computer science department in the top (colleges), the majority of students are not U.S. born. That says something about our education system."
Gates said the U.S. must improve the system to compete in the global economy.
"Jobs out there are more demanding," he said. "We have less and less jobs that are attractive to dropouts."
Gates, whose charitable foundation plans to spend $3 billion on education over the next five to seven years, was joined at the press conference by Guggenheim, producer Lesley Chilcott, education reformer Geoffrey Canada and musician John Legend, who wrote an original song for the film.
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YouTube - Waiting for Superman - Update 09/15/2010
A movie to help people understand that our public educational system is failing our children.
Geoffrey Canada Reflects on Working Toward Peace
I stand in front of [my martial arts class], looking unhappy and displeased. Everyone wonders who is out of place or not standing up straight. This is part of my act. Finally I begin class and then I'm lost in the teaching. I'm trying to bring magic into the lives of these kids. To bring a sense of wonder and amazement. I can feel the students losing themselves and focusing on me. They are finally mine. I have them all to myself. I have crowded all the bad things out of their minds. The test they failed, the father who won't come by to see them, the dinner that won't be on the stove when they get home. I've pushed it all away by force of will and magic.
This is my time and I know all the tricks. I yell, I scream, I fly through the air with the greatest of ease. I take my black belt students and I slam them on the floor and they pop up like those weighted weeble dolls that can't stay down. I throw them through the air as if they were feathers, and they land and roll and are back up unhurt and unafraid. The new students can't believe their eyes. And they begin to believe in magic again.
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Canada has demonstrated that it's possible to bridge the achievement gap if disadvantaged kids receive early, continuous educational opportunities. Test results show that in 2004, the Promise Academy middle school's first year, only 21 percent of its students were at grade level in reading and 9 percent were at grade level in math. Three years later, those figures had improved to 33 percent and 70 percent respectively.
"Osama Bin Laden is not going to come here and destroy America. Our education system is doing that just fine."
'Whatever It Takes' To Teach Kids
The agency, with an annual budget of $58 million, serves 8,000 kids in a 97-block neighborhood of Harlem. Tough, who's spent five years reporting on Canada's organization, and who's written a new book on the project, writes that "as students progress through an all-day prekindergarten and then through a charter school, they have continuous access to community supports like family counseling, after-school tutoring and a health clinic."
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Geoffrey Canada has a radical new idea: if you really want to change the lives of inner-city kids, change everything all at once-their schools, families, and neighborhoods. As President and CEO of the revolutionary Harlem Children's Zone in New York
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