The Vaughn International Studies Academy (VISA) in Pacoima, California is the 9-12 extension of Chan’s pre-K – 8th grade charter school, the Vaughn 21st Century Learning Center, that has achieved remarkable success in accelerating the achievement of its low-income, Latino student population, many of whom come to school speaking virtually no English. VISA was to be the capstone of their journey, preparing them for college and developing in them the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for success in the 21st century global environment. Amid the celebration of hope for Vaughn students’ continued success at VISA, a reporter asked the question, “But why do those kids need to know about the world?”