Pedro Noguera on Impacting Disadvantaged Students

Jan 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM Jessica Beidelman Education Trends

In a recent segment, NPR affiliate Here & Now interviewed Pedro Noguera, a member of The Education Partners Global Advisory Council and Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA and Director of the Center for the Study of School Transformation there. He spoke about how changes in federal education law might impact disadvantaged students. 

Pedro Noguera asserts that “the most important intervention is early intervention. Quality early childhood education makes a huge difference, but you can’t stop there. You can’t put kids in high-quality preschool and then put them in lousy kindergartens. You have to sustain quality over time." 

Selected highlights from Pedro's interview include: 

  • "The gaps that we see in education are really a manifestation of broader patterns of inequality that children experience and that are present in our society – so gaps in access to health care, gaps in access to good housing."
  • "It takes leaders who are able to work across these silos, work across education, health – recognize the needs of children can’t be compartmentalized."
  • "There are examples, again, of communities that are getting it right – Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a city that I like to point to because every child is in quality early childhood education, every school is a full-service school and their best high school is fully integrated... So if you can do that in Tulsa, I think we can do that in many other cities throughout America today."
  • "It’s in our national interest to ensure that all children receive a good education. We can’t afford to have large numbers of people who are under-educated, who are languishing in poverty and who are stuck in low-wage jobs because they lack the skills and they lack the education." 

Read NPR's article and listen to Pedro Noguera's full interview here