- Dropout problem growing
Recent reports indicate that the nation's high school graduation rate has dropped for the second straight year, and the dropout rate continues to rise. The problem affects black and Latino students at particularly high rates. What can be done to solve America's dropout crisis?9:06 a.m.
Christopher Swanson: Vice president of research at Editorial Projects in Education
RiShawn Biddle: Editor of Dropout Nation, a web site that covers American education reform.
Steve Barr: Founder and chair emeritus of Green Dot, which operates 17 charter schools in Los Angeles.
- Young start-up success has its downsides
With the premiere of "The Social Network," American movie audiences will have a glimpse, albeit fictional, into the lightening-fast rise of one of the youngest and richest CEOs in America: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.
When a young entrepreneur experiences Zuckerberg's kind of success, he or she must walk the line between great risk and great reward, while learning how to navigate in the spotlight.10:06 a.m.
Donna Fenn: Contributing editor at Inc. magazine and author of "Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit From Their Success."
Jose Antonio Vargas: Pulitzer-prize winning journalist whose profile of Mark Zuckerberg ran in the September 20, 2010 issue of The New Yorker.
- Immutable Wall Street
The latest Oliver Stone film Wall Street revisits the characters who claimed "greed is good" in a post bank-failure era. More than 20 years after the original "Wall Street" premiered, has culture on Wall Street changed or does it retain its pre-recession vices?10:45 a.m.
Kate Jennings: Novelist and essayist. She is the author of "Moral Hazard" and "Stanley and Sophie," who worked on Wall Street from 1993 to 2000 as a speech writer.
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