Have you ever wondered about the amazingly effective campaign to sell the Common Core standards to the media, the business community, and the public? How did it happen that advocates for the standards used the same language, the same talking points, the same claims, no matter where they were located?
Earlier this month, Palestinian human rights organizations launched a campaign calling on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from the controversial British security firm G4S, which they say is "at the heart of [Israel's prison] system, installing and running security systems at Israeli jails."
This week, I'm on a trip with two important stops: the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City, then the International Family Planning Conference in Ethiopia. I can appreciate how this ensemble might appear to clash -- the red carpet next to the green-brown fields dotting a country that's 80 percent rural. But sometimes juxtaposing seemingly incongruous things can reveal an underlying truth.