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The Promise Of Education

by Christopher Nordlinger - 2008

Kasetta Coleman grew up in inner-city Philadelphia where the blight of drugs and gun violence, teen pregnancy and discouraging minimum wage jobs could crush a young spirit and the possibility of developing a real student with a passion and curiosity for learning. But Kasey—as she is called—dreamed high. She wanted to be a doctor. She attended Girls High School, one of the best public schools in Philadelphia. And she worked and she worked. And, in time, her hard work paid off. Now try to imagine what a happy day it must have been that spring afternoon in Philadelphia when she received her acceptance letter from MIT.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 110-112
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22850, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 4:06:19 AM

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  • Christopher Nordlinger
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    Christopher Nordlinger leads technology education programs at Cisco Systems, a worldwide communications technology company, where he also manages marketing and training programs for Cisco’s Advanced Technologies Group. Mr. Nordlinger has served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Free Clinic, the oldest free clinic in the United States and on the Silicon Valley Civic Council and the Local Grants Committee of the Cisco Foundation. This selection is an abridged version of a speech delivered by Mr. Nordlinger in 2005. This excerpt is reprinted here with the permission of the author.
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