SO…finals are over!!! This is a great thing because “other classes” is the excuse I use most often when referring to the lack of progress in my research. Now that Fall 2010 is officially over for me, I can spend some time focusing on 1) finishing this book by Paul Tough titled Whatever It Takes, 2) thinking of a possible research question, and 3) looking for more sources. I know that Winter Break is supposed to be for mindless relaxation, but I still have work to do. Since I will be taking 20 units next quarter it would probably be a good idea to get a head start on my research. With that said, I did some reading today. I read about Geoffrey Canada’s conveyor belt project. He decided to give poor students in Harlem intensive learning environments from pre-kindergarten all the way to high school and received great results. This made me a bit sad because I started thinking about what all the other poor kids in the country and around the world, who don’t receive such intensive education, will do to make it in society. I just don’t understand why such a high value is placed on education, but there seem to be only a few people who are actually heavily invested in it. If education is so great, why don’t countries spend more money on it?