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Roland Fryer, A ‘Genius,’ Illuminates Consequences Of Disparity


Roland Fryer says that he doesn’t have a political agenda. He just asks the questions, and goes where the data takes him.

Roland Fryer (Courtesy)

Roland Fryer (Courtesy)

In his studies of the achievement gap between black and white students, the data has taken Fryer in some interesting directions. He has looked at whether you could use money to motivate students to do better in school, and whether public schools could get better results if they acted more like charter schools.

For his work, 34-year-old Fryer was awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant Monday.


  • Roland Fryer, professor of Economics, Harvard University


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  • Anonymous

    How much does having uneducated or poorly educated parents factor into a child’s poor education?

    It seems reasonable that most kids would enter school at the same level since even the most uneducated person can count and recite their alphabet…  but as the years go on poorly educated parents grow increasingly unable to help with homework everynight.  Isn’t that part of the problem too?

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