Thursday, June 12, 2008

Sandwich Inventions (and more serious stuff)

I made an avocado, garlic stuffed olive, and sun-dried tomato sandwich today. Mmm mmm good.

On another more serious note, today I gave a speech in Toastmasters about the reasons I joined Teach for America in 2003 when I graduated from college.

Here are some things to chew on:
  • 9-year olds in inner-city schools are already three grade levels behind their peers in high-income schools
  • Half of these children will not graduate from high school.
  • Those who do graduate will read and do math on the level of eighth graders in high-income communities
  • 1 out of 10 will graduate from college
  • California builds jail cells based on how many 4th graders cannot read.

Educational inequality affects all of us.