This spring will mark 30 years since "A Nation at Risk" was issued. And yet, how many have even heard of the report these days -- a report which, while drawing the ire of many in the education establishment, was factual, clear, well-regarded by a majority of diverse lawmakers, and is still relevant today?
To put children on a path to success in life, we must begin much earlier, focusing on learning from the moment a child is born, building on gains made in preschool and fortifying their educational development in the early elementary grades.
In his State of the Union Address, the president said that a person holding down a full-time job should not have to live in poverty in a country like America. I could not agree more; for the last few months I've lived like the people he referred to, and it is not a pretty picture.
The Founding Fathers allowed for the right to bear arms to be limited to the arms the majority want among us. They did not obligate us to tolerate arms in the hands of lunatics, arms designed for maximal carnage. But the NRA does.
Ending our dependence on imported oil would have the same economic benefits as a permanent stimulus package of $300 billion a year -- without adding a penny to the deficit.
Despite the political gridlock that still binds Congress, the Obama administration can make substantial improvements to the health of the ocean on its own -- improvements that spur our economy, and restore and protect abundant oceans.
While the president's speech was ambitious and not short on specifics, it was resoundingly consistent in this one theme alone, that of owning up to the working poor and indigent in America, and taking a seismic step in advancing towards economic justice.
Tuesday night President Obama took a strong stand for America's children -- laying out a broad agenda focused on "opening the door of opportunity to every child across this great Nation."
If anyone wished to create a more perfect depiction of just how disconnected the modern conservative movement appears to be, what better symbol than the presence of Nugent?
Sure, Democrats got their water cooler moment with Marco Rubio's struggle with dry mouth, but it's all one big cycle. With that, and since one of D.C.'s biggest nights plays out like Bravo programming, here's my take on D.C.: Mean Girls edition.
Well, it couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy, right? There he was, Marco Rubio, the Republican Party's boy wonder and Great Latin Hope, imploding right before the nation's very eyes as he gave the GOP's rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night.
Activism works. To the extent that the president's words and deeds have become more progressive, it's because people took to the streets and spoke to our leaders with votes, emails, and phone calls. But there's more to be done. Much more.
If you want to whine about how your opponent is attacking your motives, it might behoove you to refrain from suggesting that the President of the United States believes the free market is evil and the cause of all of America's problems.
Tuesday night the American people saw a tale of two nations. And the difference could not have been any greater had Dickens himself written it.
Speeches are just words on a page. The president was more inspirational when it came to his call for gun control. But he has clearly laid down a marker that he intends to act to reduce climate change over the next four years.
I was hoping to hear something positive about the future of public education in President Obama's State of the Union speech. There was nothing there but shallow celebration of wrong-headed policies and empty promises.