It's a question that's daunted educators for decades: Why haven't well-intentioned efforts to improve teaching and learning in our schools had the kind of impact we want and need?
Working on shows like "Real Housewives of Atlanta" often means working exhausting schedules without breaks or even overtime pay.
Neoliberal economic philosophy has dominated the debate on economic policy. It has limited the very language in which our political debates have been conducted. The simplistic model of the perfectly competitive market has been the standard against which all public policies have been measured.
Political parties and their corporate sponsors have made unsubstantiated hysteria the new norm in political discourse. Unfortunately, this means that we get groups devoted to a narrative that is not supported by data.
As a society, we do not have to accept that the mammoth entities that control so much of our economy should operate just to benefit their shareholders. We can require that corporate decision making take into account its impact on its workers, our communities and the broader economy.
I never thought I'd imply that Paul Krugman could be wrong. But when my mother in New Jersey voiced relief that Ohio was doing so much to help the poor after reading his column or another story, I knew some explanation was needed.
Growing income inequality is caused by the human decisions and the economic rules of the game we create. And shamefully, America lags behind every other first world nation in closing that income gap. That can be changed.
There's no doubt HealthCare.gov was weighed down by technical problems and that there are concerns about the ACA that need to be addressed. But this doesn't mean we should abandon the crucial health care reform that is now, for the first time, the law of the land.
You wear the shackles for a journey that seems to stretch on and on. From the coast of Africa, the slave ship travels to the Americas. On the way to Philadelphia, you may stop and stay in the West Indies to be beaten and "broken."
With the amount of negative press Teach for America (TFA) has received recently, you'd think the scariest thing American children saw this Halloween is a corps member wearing her TFA hoodie.
Youth justice reforms get implemented by real people who spend many hours of their day working with young people in the system. In a system designed for youth, but constructed and managed by adults, it's time to start looking at those adults.
You may be distracted by the buzz of the city traffic as you walk along Center City Philadelphia's Market Street. It's easy to walk by the historic marker in front of you when you turn onto Front Street. But this marker is worth seeing.
Can a municipality claim bankruptcy when its assets potentially surpass its debts? That's the question facing a federal judge, who will determine in the coming weeks if Detroit is eligible to file bankruptcy, despite having billions of dollars worth of assets.
Go to a local government debate and you get the issue of wasteful spending. Cue the Republicans and the rant starts about union contracts and the whi...
The first step toward disabling the trillion-dollar money pump is within our power as individuals. We can recognize a key human value -- the dignity of work. We are all connected to our communities. We all do better when we all do better.
I am pro-public education, pro-teacher, pro-student, and pro-union, but while their interests often overlap, they do not always, and when they do not I favor the students.