6. Geoffrey Canada: Our Failing Schools. Enough is Enough!
Why does the U.S. education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now–and it’s because our education system is clinging to a business model that doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada calls on the education system to look at the data, think about the customers, and make systematic shifts in order to help greater numbers of kids excel.

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