This Girl Is On Fire at The Genius Factory

This Girl is on Fire at the Genius Factory

The Achievement Gap
For decades, educators have struggled to close the “achievement gap,” the persistent differences in test scores, grades and graduation rates among students of different races, ethnicities and, in some subjects, genders.
At The Genius Factory, we are adopting some short, simple interventions that a group of social and cognitive psychologists have shown can make a surprisingly large difference in closing the achievement gap.
To help support The Genius Factory close the achievement gap, we will do a crowd-funding campaign to make a “This Girl Is On Fire” t-shirt using as many high-quality local inputs as possible to demonstrate the Economic Impact Rating.
“This Girl Is On Fire” t-shirts will be:
  • Grown in the USA with organic cotton
  • Made in North Carolina
  • Transparent supply chain
  • Water-based inks
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“The Police Need Legitimacy” T-Shirt Project Supporting I-CAMP

A man walks past a burning police vehicle

A man walks past a burning police vehicle in Baltimore on Monday. Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Yes, there was violence in Baltimore but Black Westchester makes the point of where was the coverage of the peaceful protest.

Peaceful protest in Baltimore

Source: Black Westchester

Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath:

[L]egitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to fell like they have a voice—that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another….

[W]hen the law is applied in the absence of legitimacy, it does not produce obedience. It produces the opposite. It leads to backlash.

The concept of law enforcement and legitimacy is discuss further in an earlier blog entry: NYPD Needs Legitimacy.
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What is currently happening in Baltimore is reminiscence of that famous Yogi Berra saying “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
Killed by police

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“This Girl Is On Fire” T-Shirt Project

Girl on Fire

The Achievement Gap

For decades, educators have struggled to close the “achievement gap,” the persistent differences in test scores, grades and graduation rates among students of different races, ethnicities and, in some subjects, genders.

According to an American Psychological Association article, a group of social and cognitive psychologists have approach this problem not based on the idea that at least some of these disparities are the result of faulty teaching or broken school systems, but instead spring from toxic stereotypes that cause ethnic-minority and other students such as women to question whether they belong in school and whether they can do well there. While such a major problem might seem to require widespread social change to fix, the psychologists are finding evidence that short, simple interventions can make a surprisingly large difference.

We are developing projects to close the achievement gap:
But we need your help!

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