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Helping High-Ability Kids from Disadvantaged Backgrounds in 2018

Education Next – Chester E. Finn, Jr.

“If Jane Smith in Arkansas invented a method to ensure the success of rural English language learners, would John Jones in rural Wyoming ever learn about it? For almost every issue that confronts us about how to improve education, somewhere there is a success story to be told and lessons from which others can benefit. However, there are two problems in need of urgent attention. First, successful work is rarely documented, evaluated and published — anywhere! That’s why Jones’ students in Wyoming would have little chance of benefiting from Smith’s solution in Arkansas. Second, we lack a means of assembling the information that does exist in a coherent and accessible fashion.”(more)

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