If someone had said 20 years ago that 15% of Princeton's senior class would apply to teach in our highest-poverty communities, people wouldn't have believed it. There's something truly profound about that.
We could solve education inequity. We can certainly reach the point in our country where every kid gets an excellent education. There's nothing keeping us from that other than enough tremendous leaders, tremendous talent, channeling their energy in that direction.
We are seeing evidence that when we build our schools in a certain way, when we teach kids in a certain way, we can take kids that face challenges of poverty and racism and put them on a level playing field.
On the global learning gap
On these international comparisons, our kids are comparable to the average kids in Spain and Portugal. They're quantifying the impact of that to it costing us between $1.3 trillion and $2.3 trillion a year.
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