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Hero for Harlam children to speak in OKC

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Geoffrey Canada is a giant in the educational world.

His Harlem Children’s Zone is successfully taking 10,000 of New York’s inner city youth and putting them on track for academic success, higher education and a way out of poverty.

 Those are the dreams that any public school has for its “at-risk” youth, but particularly urban districts face the challenge of overcoming the odds to place students in higher education or professional fields that are personally or economically rewarding.

Here’s New York Time’s columnist David Brooks take on the “enormous gains” seen by children in Canada’s program. 

This story from Education Week touts the same study and the program’s remarkable results but cautions that the program spends $19,000 per student. Oklahoma public schools average $8,000 per student.

Canada will speak Wednesday, April 28 at the Petroleum Club, 4040 N. Lincoln Blvd.

Tickets to the event are $40 and will not be sold at the door. Call the Black Liberated Arts Center, Inc. at 524-3800 for more information.

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