There's a long and (to me) extremely naive and sentimental article in the New York Times this week that includes following one of the advocates assigned to at risk youth in CPS (Graduation Is the Goal, Staying Alive the Prize). But maybe I'm just in a bad mood or something. The article (complete with slide show) emphasizes how dangerous it is to be a teen in Chicago (no shit) and touts the new Huberman program to give particularly at risk kids individualized counseling and support in and out of school. Good enough. But it doesn't question the delays, costs, and rollout of the Huberman program, the questionable statistical analysis behind identifying the kids, and seems to consider it something of a miracle that the main kid graduates (at 20) and is headed to... Harold Washington. Only 60 advocates hired and in place so far? Now we're down to 250 kids being served? There's not a critical or questioning voice in the entire piece.
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