Pope Francis doesn't have any divine knowledge of how a market economy operates. This Christmas season he and other theologians should stick to what they know best - the Holy Scripture and moral exhortation.
Now that the new pope has just been named TIME Magazine's person of the year, it is time, I think, that we take at least a quick look at what he is saying, especially regarding the world's economic order, especially in his latest document issued toward the end of November.
Here I am, a middle-aged professor of Bible, and I'm being taught about Jesus by a couple of homeless men who are figuring out what to take from the food bank.
Migrants are all too often viewed as a problem in destination countries when they can and should be seen as a potential solution to inequality in and between nations.
Especially during this holiday season of indulgence, we should think about how much food we're putting on our plates (and then not eating). Save it for the next person -- whether they are sitting at your table, or on the other side of the world.
Everywhere you look there are residents of New York carving out a modest income by collecting plastic bottles from the trash, earning pennies per bottle. As consumers, we are unconsciously linked to the process by the purchase of bottled drinks.
Public investments in schools vary greatly across states, as do other policies that may boost or depress scores. This year, three states received individual PISA rankings -- as if they were independent countries. This can help us connect the dots between those disparities and scores.
"They have to realize that what they're doing is hurting families. We're going to have a need for more food for people to survive a month."
In these days of record-breaking-spending legislators and aspiring politicians, regardless of party, pursue campaign dollars from high-income donors as a matter of simple political survival. They follow the advice of Willie Sutton who, when asked why he robbed banks said, "that's where the money is."
But if we accept the idea -- and not everyone does -- that too much inequality benefits the rich and hurts the poor we're left with another question: How much inequality is "too much" inequality?
The problem is that this marks the latest iteration of a concerted campaign to turn the closest thing Roman-occupied Palestine had to Che Guevara into a banal, white, suburbanite.
What if, instead of using international rankings to bash our students, schools and teachers, we learned from top-performing countries and applied their lessons for the benefit of all children?
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