I love Victorian novels, the way they capture the nuances of the human condition.
Many of the best teachers I know are being laid off because their unions value seniority over intellect, passion, creativity, and drive.
One of the biggest ways to level the playing field is to give all young people the same context on what opportunities are out there. And that means touching on some of the questions that are a little taboo in society: How much money do you make? What are your stresses? What would you do differently if you could?
We don't believe that you should ever replace physical education. Even in a thousand years, a computer will never be able to do so.
Some kids grasp a subject faster and race ahead to the next level, while others continue to struggle with the first. The great thing we've seen is that if you let a student take his time to master a concept, he will probably race ahead on the next one.
I went to a fairly normal, middle-of-the-road public school in a suburb of New Orleans, but it gave me huge opportunities.