We Still Need Black History Month

We Still Need Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson was born in Virginia, 10 years after the fall of the Confederacy. Working as a sharecropper and a miner, he rarely had time to attend school until the age of 20. But he sure made up for lost time. Woodson would devote the rest of his life to...
You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught

We all remember the teachers who most influenced us. Life lessons learned in the classroom stay with you for decades. I was lucky to have several great teachers, but my fifth grade teacher stands out the most. Nancy Livingston taught for 25 years in Princeton, New...
Broadband Rates Are Too Damn High

Broadband Rates Are Too Damn High

As the digital revolution hurtles ahead, low-income communities across the United States aren’t reaping many of its benefits. The less you make, the less likely it is that you’re hooked up at home. This is especially true if you lack a high school diploma. And the...
When Life Makes Resolutions for You

When Life Makes Resolutions for You

Last year, I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions. But it appears that life made them for me. Two changes occurred in my life, and I responded. In retrospect, 2015 produced more personal growth than perhaps any other year of my life. The first change occurred...
For-Profit Colleges Are Scandal Machines

For-Profit Colleges Are Scandal Machines

The nation’s for-profit, private college industry is a study in horror. Start with the fact that it actually calls itself an “industry.” Excuse me, but education is a social investment — not an industrial product. Next, this so-called...
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