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Sharing Oxygen

Ree Varcoe | Posted 06.07.2013 | Impact
Ree Varcoe

In New Zealand, one seemingly small cause which gives desperately needed oxygen back to Christchurch's earthquake victims is vital to us.

Texas Turns Back the Clock?

Kati Haycock | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

Texans realized early on that for their kids to compete against students from Beijing and Bangalore, they needed to take rigorous classes in high school. However, after several years of steady progress, state lawmakers are poised to gut what Texas got right before anybody else.

ProPublica On Prosecutor Accountability In New York City

Radley Balko | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

The investigative journalism outfit finds . . . that there is none. The report starts with anecdote about Claude Stuart, a city prosecutor who lost...

Why I Want to Protect Great Teachers

Kate Casas | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Kate Casas

My third grade teacher was fabulous; in fact, in my 20 years of education I had a lot of really wonderful teachers. However, it is Mrs. Mason who inspired me to take on the challenging work of reforming the way teachers are evaluated, compensated, hired and retained.

Scientists Outraged That Elected Reps Control Their Handouts

Bill Frezza | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Real progress comes from young renegades thinking outside the box willing to take risks to challenge the status quo. It is this kind of science that gets lost in the shuffle every time the giant pork machine dispenses its largesse to the usual suspects.

South Asia and the Geography of Poverty

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

While economic growth has lifted many people out of poverty, some regions can now be singled out as places where large numbers remain below the extreme poverty line.

What Makes a Great Teacher - and Who Gets to Decide?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Most of us have been lucky enough to have had at least one great teacher in our lifetime. But what makes a teacher great? And who gets to decide? Students? Parents? Fellow teachers? Principals?

Trustee Leadership

Bruce Leslie | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Bruce Leslie

Given the enormous changes, challenges and opportunities facing the entire educational industry and every individual college, a critical foundation of effective organizational stewardship that will foster the imperatives of change is harmony.

Meeting the Challenges of Communicating in a Large, Complex, Heterogenous Enterprise

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Communicating in a large, heterogeneous and complex enterprise can be difficult, very much like trying to make waves by throwing a pebble into a tar pit. This is true whether an organization is mission-based, margin-based or a combination of both.

How to Tame the Corporation

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

Large corporations have essentially become private governments with an enormous effect on the lives and livelihoods of Americans, but without any accountability to them.

Presidents Day and Purim

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Presidents Day rarely falls in the same week as Purim, and it won't again for almost 40 years (in 2051 -- take my word for it). But these two seemingly disparate holidays have much in common.

Leadership Challenges for 2013: Are People Your Most Important Asset?

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

As we hopefully continue our recovery in 2013, where will leadership focus? Will we rebuild the trust we lost with employees when the recession started and jobs were eliminated at a record pace?

Why Do the Poor Complain So Little?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Do better-informed poor people demand better government? The evidence is mixed. New research shows widely different results across countries and across services.

About Leadership: Peer Groups

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

In any big, geographically diverse, company, there are groups of business leaders at the same level, running similar operations in different parts of ...

The Thing That Propels Me In The Right Direction

D.J. Wilson | Posted 03.23.2013 | Fifty
D.J. Wilson

Join me today in reflecting on just where and who we are at this moment in our lives. Who or what has influenced you the most in your journey? The least?

A Lesson in Accountability as U.S. Goes Over Fiscal Cliff

John Friedman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
John Friedman

We're so busy expressing outrage and pointing fingers that we are not accepting responsibility for our own part in reelecting the same fiscal-cliff-creating, legislation-stalling, economy-risking people that we gave the lowest approval rate in history.

Dropping the Ball (or Not): 2013 New Years Musings

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Nancy A. Shenker

Many of us head into the new calendar year with optimism, resolutions and business/career plans. But how do you ensure that you're not among the "resolution-breakers" for 2013? Here are a few practical tips.

A Third Way for PMSC Legal Accountability

David Isenberg | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
David Isenberg

When it comes to legal accountability for private military and security contractors there are two categories to choose from, and they both have proble...

Rural and Urban Education Needs Not That Different After All

Kate Casas | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Kate Casas

Visiting these districts awakened me to the fact that adults need to reimagine how education is delivered to at-risk children in rural Missouri just as they need to do in suburban and urban Missouri.

Washington Bureaucracy Fingered in Killing of Ambassador Stevens

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The sub-text of the report is that those in charge of the Near East Bureau and Diplomatic Security dropped the ball, though the Review Board was careful to not find the senior leadership to be so derelict of duty as to warrant immediate discipline.

Matt Sledge

Karl Rove Latest In Long Line Of Bad Actors To Escape Accountability | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics

Despite burning through some $390 million worth of GOP donors' fortunes, Karl Rove is still very much poised to be a central player in the Republican ...

It's Broken (Not Broke); Fix It

Larry Strauss | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education
Larry Strauss

The people who run failing schools act as if they have a data problem -- not an education problem -- and it is the data problem they set out to repair. The system has disregarded -- or forgotten -- its purpose.

Can Non-State Service Delivery Undermine Governments?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Whether it is in the U.S. presidential election campaign or as a result of the debt crisis in Europe, people on both sides of the Atlantic are debating the role of the state. Do we need more government or less of it?

How To Keep Your Promises

Melissa Van Rossum | Posted 12.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Melissa Van Rossum

The promises we make speak volumes about who we are. Whether your promise is as casual as committing to your partner that you'll eat better foods or as serious as eliminating abusive behavior, the promises we make -- to ourselves and others -- have tremendous power.

Holding All Universities Accountable For Student Outcomes

David Van Zandt | Posted 12.22.2012 | College
David Van Zandt

Colleges and universities should not need government regulation to do what is right. We must begin to take more seriously the major investment that our students and their families are making with us, and demonstrate why it is a good one.