STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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Call-in show: what's the best strategy to help at-risk youth?

Vinoth Chandar

This Thursday, we're shifting gears at State of Opportunity.

For our call-in show, we want to talk with you and our invited guests about ways to help at-risk kids break the cycle of poverty. 

People posting to our Facebook conversation so far have been adamant that schools and education are the way to give kids a better chance in life.


But education happens outside of schools and with people other than teachers. What are the thorny issues around parenting and parent involvement that get left out of the conversation when our focus is narrow? Is there a more holistic view that we're missing? 

Here's who we have lined up for you:

Paul Tough, best known for his book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, will be with us. People have mostly latched onto his argument about grit, but lucky for us, he's got a lot to say beyond this one characteristic. He'll help us look at the policy and institutional implications around kids and success. Here's Tough discussing one of our favorite topics: resilience.

Dr. John William Covington heads up the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA). The EAA is tasked with turning around failing schools in Michigan. Dr. Covington spoke with Black Life, Arts, & Culture Detroit about what brought him to Michigan and how those experiences inform his work with the EAA.

We're also bringing Carl King to the studio. He's a reading interventionist and education consultant who's worked closely with youth mentoring programs. 

Tune in Thursday at 3 p.m., or leave your comments below, on our Facebookpage, or tweet us.