Geoffrey Canada

  • Aired:  01/04/11
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Geoffrey Canada works to educate kids and teach them how to grow up without using violence. (5:18)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AN ADVOCATE

FOR EDUCATION REFORM.

HOPEFULLY HE'S NOT HERE TO MAKE

ME DO MY 35 UNSERVED HOURS OF

DETENTION.

PLEASE WELCOME GEOFFREY CANADA.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY, MR. CANADA.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN, GEOFF.

ALL RIGHT.

NOW, SIR, YOU WERE HERE THREE

YEARS AGO.

>> THREE YEARS AGO.

>> Stephen: ON THE SHOW

TALKING ABOUT HOW YOU'RE

CHANGING EDUCATION.

BARACK OBAMA USED YOU FOR THE

MODEL OF HOW HE WANTED TO FIX

EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES.

YOU'RE THE GUY WAITING FOR

SUPERMAN IN THE MOVIE "WAITING

FOR SUPERMAN."

WHY ISN'T EDUCATION FIXED YET?

>> WELL, LOOK, I'LL TELL YOU

THIS: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS

COUNTRY, WE'RE STARTING TO TAKE

EDUCATION SERIOUSLY.

WE'VE IGNORED THE FAILURE OF

LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS

OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AS IF THAT'S

OKAY IN AMERICA.

SO PEOPLE HAVE JUST ALLOWED

THESE KIDS TO FAIL FOR 30, 40,

50 YEARS.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

DON'T GUILT TRIP ME.

I'LL BITE.

WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT

CHILDREN?

NO, TELL ME.

TELL ME.

>> THIS IS THE CHALLENGE WE HAVE

IN THIS COUNTRY.

WE HAVE AN ECONOMY THAT HAS

CHANGED.

THERE HAVE BEEN A GROUP OF YOUNG

PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO HAVE

NOT FIT INTO THE ECONOMY WHEN

THEY COULDN'T GET A HIGH SCHOOL

DIPLOMA.

NOW YOU NEED A COLLEGEDY MOW MA

AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THESE

YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SUCCESSFUL.

IF NOT, WE WILL CONTINUE LOCKING

UP CHILDREN IN HUGE NUMBERS.

WE LOCK UP MORE PEOPLE PER

CAPITA THAN ANY PLACE ON THE

FACE OF THIS EARTH.

>> YOU GOT THE HARLEM CHILDREN'S

ZONE.

THIS WAS... THIS IS... YOU

FOLLOW KIDS RIGHT FROM BIRTH,

RIGHT?

>> RIGHT FROM BIRTH.

>> Stephen: WHY DO YOU WAIT SO

LONG.

WHY NOT RIGHT AS ZYGOTES.

SO MANY OF OUR NATION'S FETUSES

ONLY READ AT FIRST TRIMESTER

LEVEL.

>> WELL, WE ARE DETERMINED TO

MAKE SURE OUR KIDS ENTER

KINDERGARTEN ON GRADE.

AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO MAKE

SURE THOSE CHILDREN DON'T FAIL.

WE'VE GOT CONCERN

>> Stephen: EVERYBODY LOVES

THIS IDEA AND IT'S BEEN VERY

SUCCESSFUL IN HARLEM.

HOW MANY KIDS HAVE YOU HELPED?

>> RIGHT NOW WE HAVE OVER 10,000

KIDS.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S THE

GRADUATION RATE UP THERE.

>> WE'RE GOING TO HAVE 100% OF

OUR KIDS GRADUATING.

WE'VE GOT OVER 600 KIDS OF OURS

IN COLLEGE.

>> Stephen: BARACK OBAMA SAID,

THIS IS THE MODEL.

THIS WORKS.

WE WANT THE USE THIS.

IS THAT HAPPENING?

>> THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT $200

MILLION.

THE CONGRESS IN ITS INFINITE

WISDOM HAS DECIDE THEY WERE

GOING TO CUT THAT BACK.

WE HAVE A CONTINUING RESOLUTION.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY?

>> $10 MILLION.

>> Stephen: $200 MILLION TO

$10 MILLION?

THAT'S DRIVING HARD BARGAIN.

YOU GOING TO LAND IN THE MIDDLE

SOMEPLACE?

>> WE HOPE WE'LL MAKE AN

INVESTMENT.

>> HAVE YOU TRIED GETTING THE

CHILDREN TO PRODUCE WEAPONS,

LIKE MISSILES OR SOMETHING LIKE

THAT?

>> PART OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO

DO IS GET OUR YOUNG PEOPLE NOT

THE USE HANDGUNS.

WE'VE GOT THIS HUGE ISSUE OF

KIDS MURDERING ONE ANOTHER IN

THIS COUNTRY, AND JUST IN THE

LAST DATA WE HAVE AVAILABLE,

OVER 1,500 AFRICAN AMERICAN BOYS

WERE MURDERED IN THIS COUNTRY.

THAT'S MORE THAN ALL THE

SOLDIERS WE'VE LOST IN

AFGHANISTAN.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE

THAT WE NOT ONLY GET KIDS AN

EDUCATION, BUT WE TEACH THEM HOW

TO GROW UP WITHOUT USING

VIOLENCE AND WE CAN STOP THIS

MURDER RATE.

>> WHAT'S THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP?

WHAT IS THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP?

>> AS SOON AS WE CAN TEST KIDS,

WE FIND BETWEEN A 25 TO 35-POINT

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHITE KIDS

AND BLACK KIDS IN PATH AND IN

READING.

>> SIR, SIR, THAT SOUNDS RACIST

TO ME?

>> WELL...

>>LY NOT HAVE THAT ON MY SHOW?

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

>> WELL, I THINK THIS IS NOT

MATTER OF RACISM.

THIS IS MATTER OF SOME OUR KIDS

GETTING A POOR EDUCATION.

WE HAVE TO HOLD THE ADULT

RESPONSIBLE.

>> HOW SOON DO WE TEST?

>> WE START AT THE THIRD GRADE.

THE GAP SHOWS UP.

>> EARLIER?

>> YOU CAN START TESTING

EARLIER.

THE PROBLEM IS NOT WHEN YOU

START TESTING.

THE PROBLEM IS WE'VE ALLOWED OUR

SCHOOLS TO FAIL THESE KIDS WITH

NO CONSEQUENCES.

THERE'S NO PROBLEM

>> WHO IS TO BLAME?

WHO IS TO BLAME?

IS IT THE TEACHER'S UNION OR THE

TEACHER'S UNION?

>> I THINK YOU'VE GOT THE REALLY

SAY BOTH IN THIS CASE.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE FAIR ABOUT

IT.

YOU'RE FAIR ABOUT IT: FAIR AND

BALANCED.

THAT'S WHAT I LIKE.

LAST QUESTION.

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN.

WHY WERE YOU WAITING FOR

SUPERMAN?

WHY NOT BATMAN?

BOTH WERE D.C. COMICS.

YOU CAN SEND A LITTLE BAT SIGNAL

UP THERE.

>> WHEN I WAS A KID, I GREW UP

IN PART OF THIS CITY IN THE

SOUTH BRONX THAT WAS A HORRIBLE

PLACE TO GROW UP IN THE 60s.

I BELIEVED IN SUPERHEROES.

IT WOULD TAKE A SUPERHERE ROW IN

MY OPINION TO SAVE US.

MOST OF MY FRIENDS THAT I GREW

UP WITH DIDN'T MAKE IT.

SO THIS IDEA THAT SOME OF US

HAVE TO GO BACK IN THESE

COMMUNITIES AND MAKE A

DIFFERENCE FOR THESE KIDS, THERE

SHOULD BE NO CHILD WAITING FOR

SUPERMAN.

WE SHOULD BE THERE FOR THESE

KIDS RIGHT NOW.

>> OKAY, KIDS, DON'T WAIT FOR

SUPERMAN.

DON'T WAIT FOR SUPERMAN?

AND WHATEVER YOU DORK DON'T WAIT

FOR AQUAMAN.

YOU COULD DROWN.

GEOFFREY CANADA, THANK YOU SO

MUCH.