“Men argue. Nature acts.” ― Voltaire § Tropical birds converse noisily on Hawaiian mornings and because the temperature is an even 70° F pretty much every day they get to do it all year round. They warble with languor because the air is thick and wet and because nothing on the island reminds them of winter. Their… Read More Can Millennials (Literally) Save the World?
It’s common in liberal circles to paint the Secretary of Education Besty DeVos as someone who’s polite yet unintelligent, incompetent yet mostly unassuming. However, this caricature is misleading and masks her very real threat to democracy; resolutely committed to a small-minded ideology, DeVos is backed by billions of dollars and now officially heads the most… Read More Why You Should Be Afraid of Betsy DeVos
The greatest challenge, in my mind, is rising inequality. In OECD countries, the gap between rich and poor is at its highest level in 30 years. Household debt has been rising, and youth are now at a greater risk of living in poverty than their older counterparts – OECD Project Leader Tracey Burns Recent research found… Read More America: A Tale of Two Nations
In the early morning of Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 Donald Trump was elected to the office of the President of the United State of America. And while slightly less than half of the US electorate awoke to a triumphant victory, many more rolled out of bed in despair. Parents who put their daughters to bed… Read More What Will You Tell Your Kids?
The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician -Louis Armstrong In August of 2005 Hurricane Katrina decimated the city of New Orleans, Louisiana . Thousands died. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were ravaged. Entire communities were destroyed. And as the city came together to bury their dead and begin rebuilding their lives,… Read More The Silent Storm in New Orleans: Charter Schools
The Great Recession and the slow recovery that followed made life depressingly difficult for Millennials. The structural change to the labor market caused by technological advancements increased entry level job requirements and made it more challenging for young people to get their careers off the ground compared to previous generations. Headlines like “Is College Worth… Read More Generation Recession: Millennials and the Future of HigherEd
When Ta-Nehisi Coates says that, at a cost of “$80 billion a year, American correctional facilities are a social-service program—providing health care, meals, and shelter for a whole class of people…” he isn’t exaggerating. The increase in funding for police, courts, jails, prisons, halfway houses, and parole offices is directly connected to the way in… Read More Jail is the New Welfare: Education in a Culture of Mass Incarceration