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Literacy for All, Yes! The New Literacy

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

The more we ask of children, the more they can do; the higher the standards we set for those who teach children, the farther they will reach.

Choice Between Voters and Rioters?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.

Increased Minimum Wage Leads to Stability

K. Sujata | Posted 10.15.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

We must start somewhere. Raising our minimum wage to $13.00 an hour in the City of Chicago is that starting place. But $13.00 an hour by 2018 is truly a floor-base-minimum to ensure that our city has a viable workforce for a vibrant economy in the 21st century.

Would a Push to Hire More Women Reduce Gender Pay-Gap? Not Until We Fix the Pipeline

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women
Bhagwan Chowdhry

If the percentage of qualified women remains lower than that of men, gender balance at all organizations is mathematically impossible. The cure then is to fix the pipeline. The gender balance in pay will follow.

Opportunity Is the Fabric of Innovation

Delphia Simmons | Posted 11.07.2014 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

Cities that do not view all of their residents as equal and deserving of all of the benefits and resources that flow into them will not be intentional about doing what is required to make thriving connections happen.

The Dignity and Value of Work and Family

Debra L. Ness | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Debra L. Ness

My grandparents instilled in me the value of hard work. They had a vision of a country and world where people have equal opportunity and everyone can contribute and have a good life.

Are Diversity and Inclusiveness Really Possible?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

The challenge today is that the same practices that excluded minorities are still prevalent, but we don't have a name for it. As diversity and inclusiveness have become ubiquitous buzzwords, I wonder: Is it really possible to create a playing field that gives everyone a fair chance?

LGBT Athletes Still Facing Harassment and Discrimination

Ken Reed | Posted 10.04.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Moving toward a SportsWorld of equality is unfortunately a slow, painful process. Not everyone wants to go along for the ride. They have to be pushed and pulled, kicking and screaming. Making people face what makes them uncomfortable is part of the process; part of the march to equality on our playing fields and in our locker rooms.

Seeking Jobs as Well as Justice

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

The struggle for the Civil Rights Act was about more than simply ending discrimination. It was about ending economic injustice and fighting for fair and equal access to good jobs and decent wages.

Equal Opportunity Won't Reduce Poverty

Douglas J. Amy | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Douglas J. Amy

Unequal opportunity helps explain why certain groups of people tend to end up poor, but it does not explain why we have poverty. The real causes of poverty are two-fold: lack of jobs and too many jobs paying poverty-level wages.

The Meaning of a Decent Society

Robert Reich | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Although it's still possible to win the lottery, the biggest lottery of all is what family we're born into. Our life chances are now determined to an unprecedented degree by the wealth of our parents. That's not always been the case.

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Redistribution: The 'R' Word

Ron Davis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Ron Davis

The President has announced that he wants to tackle inequality and the lack of upward mobility for poor Americans. He has many ideas for doing so, and many involve redistribution. But he smartly avoids mentioning the "R" word.

The DoD's Self-Inflicted Wound

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

If the Department of Defense doesn't want to be dealing with situations like the one at the Air Force Academy all the time, then an Equal Opportunity (EO) policy covering sexual orientation needs to be put in place. At any time, President Obama could issue an executive order.

We're Losing Ground on the Title IX Front

Ken Reed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The battle for equal opportunity in sports is far from won. In fact, the situation is getting worse, not better. Consider this sobering statistic: Since 2004, the gap in the number of sports participation opportunities between males and females has expanded, not decreased.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

Freedom in Black America? A Double-Edged Sword

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.25.2013 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Being free would mean that we wouldn't have to discuss the question "Are Blacks Free in 2013?" The lens through which I view the double-edged sword shows that there is much more work that needs to be done to see freedom become a true reality.

We Know Geography Matters Too Much: It's Time to Change That

Mark Edwards | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

All too often your zip code determines your economic destiny. This harsh reality contradicts our cherished belief in the American Dream -- that we are a country that rewards hard work with a better life for each successive generation.

Race and College

Dr. Carol E. Quillen | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Dr. Carol E. Quillen

If the 5-4 Voting Rights Act decision lays bare a stark national divide, Fisher v. University of Texas, at 7-1, sends a different message. It serves as an invitation to investigate how racial diversity uniquely improves student outcomes and promotes the public good.

The Global Search for Education: Women - Part 1

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

I begin to explore the enormous moral and socioeconomic ramifications of gender inequality as well as the powerful argument for education as the agent for transformation. Education is clearly the paramount weapon we can use to bring about change in the war on gender inequality.

Elite Prep School Election Sparks Controversy

Christina Huffington | Posted 06.12.2013 | Women
Christina Huffington

The Andover girls' perspective begs the question of what exactly we consider to be 'leadership qualities'?

Lean In, Have It All, and Hope

Terri Weiss | Posted 05.20.2013 | Women
Terri Weiss

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.

Why Women Must Lean In and Push Back

Maria Shriver | Posted 05.07.2013 | Women
Maria Shriver

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.

Massachusetts Takes The Lead On Rights For Transgender Students

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.19.2013 | Gay Voices

There is good news for in Massachusetts-based transgender students and and their parents. Last week, the state's Department of Elementary and Seco...

How Equal Are We Anyway? Different Illusions of Meritocracy in Chinese and United States Schooling

Susan D. Blum | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Susan D. Blum

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?