Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Alex Kotlowitz is one of my favorite non-fiction writers. He wrote a remarkable book in 1992 titled There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. It’s the story of Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, 11- and 9-year-old brothers...
Will Choice Fix Educational Woes? Not So Fast

Will Choice Fix Educational Woes? Not So Fast

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on education is beautiful. Yet, I groaned when I got to this line: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” “Choice” is a buzzword that has been co-opted...
9% of Young Children in US Live in Deep Poverty

9% of Young Children in US Live in Deep Poverty

Nine percent of all U.S. children under the age of 9 – nearly one out of 10 – live in deep poverty, according to a report published in early November by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP). By comparison, 10% live in poverty and 22% in low-income...