Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Episode 04 Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Carlos is a brilliant student from South Los Angeles. He attends an exclusive private school on a academic scholarship. He is the kind of person the American meritocracy is supposed to reward. But in the hidden details of his life lies a cautionary tale about how hard it is to rise from the bottom to the top—and why the American school system, despite its best efforts, continues to leave an extraordinary amount of talent on the table.

Photo Eric Eisner's YES Program Students
Eric Eisner and students from his YES Program featured above. Photo credit: David Lauridsen and Los Angeles Magazine

“Carlos Doesn’t Remember” is the first in a three-part Revisionist History miniseries taking a critical look at the idea of capitalization—the measure of how well America is making use of its human potential.

Episode 01The Lady Vanishes

Episode 02Saigon, 1965

Episode 03The Big Man Can’t Shoot

Episode 04Carlos Doesn’t Remember

Episode 05Food Fight

Episode 06My Little Hundred Million

Episode 07Hallelujah

Episode 08Blame Game

Episode 09Generous Orthodoxy

Episode 10The Satire Paradox

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