W. E. B. Du Bois, the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University, developed a pedagogical paradigm based on his philosophy of history, concepts of culture, economic thought, and social and political beliefs. He felt that education should be transforming and completely integrated with life; that there should be no uneducated people. Traditional public schools have not been successful in educating the masses of poor children. The W. E. B. Du Bois Consortium of Charter Schools, Inc. is an exciting and high-potential alternative in the broader spectrum of school reform that provides opportunities for underserved students and communities. It operates high performing K-12 public charter schools that focus on the arts, entrepreneurship, teacher education, leadership, ethics, public policy and career development-stranding math, science, engineering and technology throughout the curriculum. The charter schools the Consortium establishes provide high quality educational programs, give parents the opportunity to have real input in their child's education, give educators the freedom to try new strategies to inspire student achievement and be less encumbered by bureaucratic barriers.