Class Struggle: Harlem Children's Zone

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 07/21/2010

Alexander Russo hits me hard on Harlem Children's Zone

I don't know enough about HCZ to reach any conclusions about it. But I wrote that blog post because I agree with Alex that it is very important, and needs careful watching. It is the embodiment of one side of one of our most vital arguments about schools---should we focus on helping kids in class or helping them at home?

By Jay Mathews  |  11:50 AM ET, 07/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Alexander Russo attacks me, I plead no content, the importance of the Harlem Children's Zone

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 07/20/2010

Rare attack on Harlem Children's Zone

President Obama has requested $210 million to create programs similar to the Harlem Children's Zone throughout the country. That’s a lot of money, but how can anyone oppose prenatal care, parenting classes, fitness and nutrition programs for poor families, as well as the thriving charter schools Geoffrey Canada and his team have created? So it is hard to believe what I am seeing---a short paper from the prestigious Brookings Institution taking a shot at the Harlem Children’s Zone and its premier charter school, the Promise Academy.

By Jay Mathews  |  12:00 AM ET, 07/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jay on the Web | Tags:  Brookings Institute criticizes HCZ results, Dave Levin, Geoffrey Canada, HCZ Promise Academy charter school not as successful as other charters that lack zone support, Harlem Children's Zone, KIPP, Russ Whitehurst