Americans revere business as a pillar of the country's individualistic democracy. But in a world requiring a decent if not dominant public sector, that means they'll get the government they deserve -- not the one they need.
Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.
While I am very disappointed that Mayor Bloomberg selected a new schools chancellor with no experience whatsoever in public education, I have to remain optimistic that our NYC kids will not be shortchanged in any way.
How did we allow our educational systems to fall so far, so fast? When did the welfare of our children go the same way as health care, the safety of our food and the callous obliteration of our environment?
Something super exciting and revolutionary for educators worldwide is happening next week: a conference promoting global education which is critical to achieving peace and understanding in the world today, an important issue for all educators.
To avoid Japan-like fate, the U.S. must focus on pro-growth policies that are supported by both Democrats and Republicans, create jobs and, above all, restore the level of confidence necessary to ensure a sustained period of economic growth.
It's fascinating that Bloomberg's new schools chancellor, Catherine Black, is from the publishing world. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that he never even considered handing the reins to a traditional educator.
Any sort of third world travel means you'll have to pick a stance on begging. I personally decided to "just say no." Is that a heartless, Western-centric way of looking at things? Perhaps. But there is a big exception too.