While the nation bemoans a "gridlocked" Congress and Comedy Central's Messrs. Stewart and Colbert aptly ridicule both presidential candidates for a disregard of specificity on one hand and hubris on the other, I have borne witness to a very different vision of our elected leadership.
In a growing wave of support, as Arizona edges toward a possible Blue upset in the fall, local Democrats have mobilized to bring one of their own rising stars to the forefront of a race with national implications.
Not every single TFA teacher will forge a career in education; some may only be slightly better than the teacher in the classroom next to them. But TFA has begun to raise awareness about educational inequality and social injustice.
It is no longer a question of whether or not students are digital natives. I agree with those calling our students "mobile natives" -- they expect instant access from anywhere to current information and entertainment.
"Meaning" had been expunged from mainstream scholarship for some time. Those attempts -- to take it out of research -- have been, in fact, counter-productive: meaning is very much at the center of the human experience.
Sure, we want them to have jobs, and the sooner they're trained for them, the better. But we also need an educated citizenry -- to create the new jobs, raise the next generation, and protect the Republic -- and that's why we have public education.
I've just returned from a 7,000 kilometer drive-and-work tour of East Africa and was inspired by the progress at all 15 of our Kenya School Fund projects. In the arid lands of Samburu, Daaba Primary is a dream come true.
Sure, we have to pay attention to what our graduates will do with their education, and we must give them the skills to translate what they learn in classrooms to their lives after graduation. But we shouldn't reduce our understanding of "their lives after graduation" to their very first job.
The son of former Peace Corp volunteer, Murray Fisher was born in the country his father volunteered in, Columbia. Surrounded by people who were different from him, the power to empathize was instilled in him from infancy.