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TEDxManhattanBeach - Yaw Adutwum - Accountability and Expectations: Changing Student's Performance

Talk title: Accountability and expectations: changing students' performance In South Los Angeles a tragic 29% of all students fail to complete high school. Those who graduate often find they don't have the skills to work, to enter a top university, or to succeed in community colleges. Yaw Adutwum founded New Designs Charter School with a simple idea: we must require that students master the skills they need for university. Higher expectations are not enough; we must have higher requirements. New Designs students must meet the entry requirements for the University of California to graduate, for instance every student must pass pre-calculus. "Is it challenging? Yes, but it can be done," says Yaw, who invites us to stand by the children of South Los Angeles. An educator and community activist born in Ghana, Yaw is the founder and CEO of the New Designs Charter School in South Los Angeles. Yaw recognized that while students in south Los Angeles had strong intellectual ability, they lacked motivation and academic self-esteem. He has designed school programs that boost morale and provide students a powerful foundation in mathematics, science, technology and the arts.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattanBeach, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxManhattanBeach event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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