Our Best Legacy

Malcolm Gladwell, author of “Blink” and “Outliers,” offered this essential truth at last night’s Kipp Schools event:

“Nothing is more important about our society than how we maximize our human capital.”

Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker staff writer and author of bestsellers “Blink” and “Outliers.”

History will evaluate our success. But developing human capital starts with giving kids a good education.

So supporting the Kipp School network and other successful school structures will earn us a better place in history.

Kipp’s 5 pillars are:

1. High Expectations. KIPP WAYS Academy has explicitly defined and observable high expectations for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based upon the background of students. Students, parents, teachers, and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support through a range of formal and informal rewards and consequences for academic performance and behavior.

2. Choice & Commitment. Students, parents and the faculty of KIPP WAYS Academy make a choice to be at the school. No one is assigned or forced to attend the school. Everyone makes and upholds a commitment to KIPP WAYS Academy and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success.

3. More Time. KIPP WAYS Academy knows that there are no shortcuts when it comes to helping educationally disadvantaged students succeed academically. A longer school day, a longer school year, and summer school mean more time for students at KIPP WAYS Academy to acquire the academic knowledge and skills, as well as broad extracurricular experiences that will prepare them for competitive high schools and colleges.

4. Power to Lead. The Principal of KIPP WAYS Academy is an effective academic and organizational leader who understands that there are no great schools without great principals. The Principal has control over the school budget and personnel, allowing him/her to move dollars swiftly or to make staffing changes necessary to be more effective in helping students learn.

5. Focus on Results. KIPP WAYS Academy focuses unrelentingly on results. Student achievement on tests and other objective measures substantially outperform district averages, does not make excuses based on demographics, and enables students to compete at the nation’s best high schools and colleges.

These are terrific pillars for any school! Every child has the right to an environment where much is expected of them and they are giving the time and support needed to achieve.

Gladwell hopes that the Kipp philosophy spreads to become a “Tipping Point” for public schools across the country.

Learn more about the Kipp Schools here.

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