If health care had benefited from a decade long push by a unified group of advocacy foundations, as education reform has, we would already have broader coverage and lower costs.
It took years for online learning to get big and competitive, but it is finally a force to be reckoned with. Next month there will be close to two million students learning online at home and at school.
NPR's All Things Considered is running a series called "Friday Night Lives". I'm using it as an excuse for my one and only back to school homage and reflection on high school sports -- good and bad.
With staggering unemployment in low income and minority communities, trouble expanding access to health care, and school funding likely to be lousy for years to come, it's a tough time to be an urban kid in America.
Even if you don't accept a moral obligation to serve the less fortunate, you can make a strong pro-growth business case for providing infrastructure including quality education and at least basic health care.