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Social Impact Heroes: How Randy Barth & Think Together Are Helping To Close The Achievement Gap

The problem we are trying to solve is to close the achievement gap. The achievement gap is the situation where Asian and Caucasian students dramatically outperform African-American and Latino students, which then turns into career and life pathways that exacerbate income and social inequality.

But we have learned that demographics do not have to determine destiny. There are about 15% of schools today that have closed this gap.

  1. Commission research to study the successful models
  2. Create an accountability system that illuminates which schools and school systems are succeeding and which are not.
  3. Create a system of carrots and sticks which incentivizes success and penalizes failure.
  1. God has given us all “a yard of talent.” We’re only going to be great at two or three things. Find out what those two or three things might be and go all in on them.
  2. Similarly, from a career perspective, find out what you are good at, what you are passionate about and what the world will pay for. Understand the tradeoffs between each of these elements. And, try to find something that has all three elements. It may take a lifetime to find it.
  3. Enjoy the journey. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Even when you achieve your dreams, whatever reward you think will accompany achieving your dreams, it will pale in comparison to the richness of the experiences gained along the way.
  4. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  5. Faith, hope, love, these three are most important. But, the greatest of these is love.



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