Here we are, a white woman from Connecticut and two Black teens from the South Bronx in a classroom together, each of us stepping into the space between the imaginary and the real in order to learn what it means to become Jewish.
Not everyone agrees on the importance of universal values. Over the past thirty years, for example, we have heard a great deal about "Asian values." It's worth examining this idea a little more closely.
College courses require writing papers and group projects as requisites for getting grades that lead to graduation. The great surprise about the system is that mere papers can become lightning rods to your future career.
While K-12 classroom instruction isn't exactly a big-money profession, there are ways to maximize the salary you are provided so you can focus on that higher calling you signed up for in the first place.
We can't be a nation of high wages and low skills. Our choice is clear and it must be made. It's time to make Section 127 permanent and get on with the task of helping every American worker reach his or her full potential.
Younger families coming up through the system can't cut-and-run from our public schools in their indecision of how to educate their own children. The problems that plague some of our schools belong to us all.