Education as the Silver Bullet

A session at SXSWedu 2012

  • Jaime Casap

Tuesday 6th March, 2012

11:30am to 12:30pm (CST)

We all agree that education is the silver bullet. We all understand that education can change the destiny of a family in just one generation. The data shows us that the impact of education on overall earnings is five times greater than any impact race or gender can have on earnings. So if you are a black or latino student growing up in urban America, your greatest chance to escape the cycle of poverty is education. Yet the numbers of those students who graduate high school are dismal. The numbers for those who go to college and graduate are even worse.Statistically speaking, as someone who is a first generation American who grew up with a single mother on welfare in Hell's Kitchen, New York, I wasn't supposed to go to college. I certainly wasn't supposed to graduate or attend and graduate with a Master's degree in Public Policy. If those accomplishments were statistical long shots then there is no way to explain how I spent six years at Accenture as a senior executive or six years at Google as a senior executive.During this session, we are going to explore some insights to what we need to do to improve the odds of the disadvantaged. We are going to explore the impact of concepts that are directly related to how this group can succeed. We will look at the impact of society's expectations, the affect good teachers have, and the role of character and confidence in breaking the cycle of poverty.

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Time 11:30am12:30pm CST

Date Tue 6th March 2012

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