Zone Your Student for Academic Success


Posted: Jun 13, 2022 12:01 AM

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The public education system in America traces its roots back to a time before the internet – before cars, before electricity, and even before our Constitution. The Boston Latin School was established in 1635 – and for most of the time since, factors such as geographic location (zoning), economic status, race, and gender have played defining roles in determining who could attend which institutions.

Although government-run education has changed significantly over the centuries, one negative has remained: The neighborhood where your child lives still greatly determines the quality of their education — which in turn influences everything from employment to incarceration rates. 

Despite nearly 400 years of advances, geography remains stubbornly determinant of the quality of a child’s education. So although education is the great equalizer, we have not been able to apply it equally.

If we are bold enough to try, I believe we can find a solution to the persistent zoning problem that has beset education for so long.


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