Diversity, Economics and Education
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"What we've got now is a terrible waste of
resources and of potential," says Allen. "We need a
societal sense of education as generating long-term profits, not
Some people see those changes happening and, despite
the difficulties, are optimistic about the future of education,
even in cash-strapped California.
Oakes is one. "We're so caught up in some traditions
and beliefs, and with some very erroneous stereotypes about families
that don't care, that we feel hopeless," she says.
"We need to reframe the problem to help us
not feel hopeless, pull out the can-do ingenuity, say to ourselves
that we created the greatest public-education system in the world
and we can make it work."
Freelance writer Eric
Stone's last article for UCLA Magazine explored
the university's impact on the local, regional and state economies.