By Danielle Beurteaux
|Illustration by Simon Pemberton
"Education Pays!" chirps the bright blue-and-orange poster
in the office of Harlem Success Academy 2, one of New York
City’s 125 charter schools. "Do you want to miss
out on an excellent education and the chance to have $2
million?" the poster asks the school’s
kindergarten through grade 3 students, using Department of
Labor statistics comparing annual earnings with education to
make its point.
They probably don’t, although $2 million is a
lot of money for 5-to-8-year-olds to wrap their heads around.
But then, the kids at this East Harlem charter school, housed
on two floors of a building shared with three traditional
public schools and close by the Harlem River Drive,
shouldn’t be underestimated.
They’re students at one of the top charter
schools in the city, one of seven Success Charter Network
Academies (two more are scheduled to...