Over the past few weeks, Lean In has caused a gargantuan media splash, and even a 'catfight' among some prominent women. And in the midst of the brouhaha, I see a confusing blend of 'leaning in' advice with (I'm grimacing) 'having it all' proclamations. Stop the noise.
I hope that as we continue this conversation, we do so with the understanding that no one woman's experience is the same, that we all have different choices to make, and that we all have something vitally important to bring to the table.
In China, the children of the privileged can sail off into lives made smooth by their families, always scoring highest, getting into the best programs, and ultimately finding their way to the top leadership of the nation. Sound familiar?
I dissent from this guilt premised on racial condescension and its inculcation of double standards in the guise of coming to the aid of "culturally disadvantaged" minority group black and Hispanic students who are under-represented at the elite high schools.
Fifty-five years ago I chose America to be my new homeland and five years later America chose me to be one of her new naturalized citizens. On that day, I became a real American and no political party is going to take that away from me.
Half a century ago, people organized around the demand for real "equal opportunity," before it was diluted into just another political catch-phrase. Today, organizing communities, students, workers and unions to transform the system remains our best hope for reclaiming that promise.
We are once again at a critical turning point for our children and nation. Despite all the harsh lessons of the past and all the lofty rhetoric about who we want and need to be as a 21st century multicultural nation in a multiracial and multicultural world, we’re heading in the wrong direction.
The American Dream remains elusive to generations of children born on the wrong side of the tracks, where geography, more than individual choice, is destiny. The core tenets of the nation are wobbling, and nowhere is this more true than in Detroit.
In confronting any other national security threat, the U.S. wouldn't trust unreliable and unproven solutions. Why, then, do some in the education sector insist we gamble on the privatization of our public schools?
There were times when women were limited in their athletic endeavors and it was not that long ago. We have to keep educating the next generation of girls so that we can continue to thrive and experience anything and everything life has to offer.
Most Americans want to believe that they are middle class, and this notion, which goes along with the myths of American social equality and equal opportunity, makes us feel good. We don't like to discuss issues that threaten our social myths.
Fourteen million Americans were unemployed in May. All the while, corporations rake in record profits. This disconnect between public need and public policy is causing widespread suffering. Why isn't our government serving us, and what can we do?
Let's face it: government is the only institution with the power and resources to make equal opportunity more than an empty slogan. Deval Patrick, no doubt, agrees. But he says precious little to that effect in his book.