Build on What Works to Tackle Dropout Rate

Let’s not rush to start new programs as the first response to the report featured in the Boston Globe article “4-year diploma rate lags in Hub” (9/29/07).  The statistics revealing that nearly half of Boston public high schools don’t graduate on time is certainly troubling; however, the first step should be to seek proven programs already serving Boston students that could scale up given increased resources.Read more

Update on Citizenship and Social Capital

Last March, SCI posted some thoughts about the proposed new citizenship test administered by the government to aspiring citizens. Apparently the test has now been implemented, as this story in the New York Times points out.Read more

Smiles and Social Capital

I came across an interesting post on Keith Harris' Neighbourhoods blog about a local government in Australia that is tracking and publicizing the number of smiles between people passing each other in the streets.