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COLBERT: Harlem Children's Zone Founder On Colbert

As predicted, Geoff Canada was on the Colbert Report earlier this week, talking about the Harlem Children's Zone:

Canada Does Colbert Paul Tough

Who's next?  Randi Weingarten would be fun.  Or Arne Duncan. 


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Selecting a Secretary of Education is quickly being re-framed by competing ideas of accountability and the future of education. With that has come a rush to label ideas as either "reform" or "establishment" (see Brooks, 12/5/08). Such steps are in stark contrast to the Barack Obama's candidacy, which was built on a platform of inclusion -- moving beyond stale and divisive ideologies and finding common ground. The values at the core are equity, opportunity and possibility for all children. The re-authorization of NCLB and economic challenges ahead make it imperative that we reaffirm three core values in supporting educational reform:

* the holistic development of all children (not just reading/language arts and math standardized test scores);

* deep and extensive educator preparation and in-service staff development; and

* the development and support of entire organic communities that support quality teaching and learning, not the disenfranchisement of many to make way for quick structural reforms.

We believe that David Brooks has it exactly backward in referring to Joel Klein as an exponent of reform and Linda Darling-Hammond as representing the establishment. We strongly support the policy platforms of educators like Linda Darling-Hammond who have worked throughout their careers for policies and reforms built on the above core values. We welcome the day when these core values and approaches would actually be the "establishment" rather than solely the option of a select few.

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We have to Appreciate with Gratitude, the Precious Moments that Life Bestows us With, Each Day, Moment by Moment.

By Appreciating Life, We are Achieving Excellence; We are truly Reciprocating the Excellent Virtues that we have been Endowed with, and Utilizing these for The Universal Constructive Progress and Meaningful Benefit of our Wonderful Universe and its Wonderful People.

Make each moment "Count", each moment "Matter"! Count & Matter, like nothing else!

Calibrate The Precious Moments, they truly "Count", they truly "Matter", each Moment encapsulates and reflects "Treasures Beyond Compare" !

Pursue your objectives with a steadfast belief and confidence "at each and every instance", whether in "Thought" or "Action"!

Always endeavor to make a "Difference", carve a "Niche", the "Difference"; the "Niche" that incredibly matters!

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Pursue your objectives with a steadfast Belief and Confidence at each and every Instance, whether in "Thought or Deed"

Best Wishes,
Vashi Ram Chandi

Great video! Great post!

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