A truly brilliant idea for fixing America's inner city schools has come out of Washington. Kwame Brown seeks to recruit top teachers to low performing schools by freeing them for two or three years from the district's oppressive IMPACT evaluation system.
We can expect our leaders to innovate, to try new approaches and to learn from failure. We can support those that creatively consider how to bring in the people and the resources needed to solve local problems.
"Travel has a profound impact on impoverished countries in the world and the fact that international tourist arrivals in the least 48 developed countries grew from 6 million in 2000 to over 17 million in 2010 only corroborates this notion."
Yes, you know it's important for students to volunteer. And yes, you want to give back to your community. But how can students find opportunities that fit their packed schedule? Consider being a virtual volunteer.
When I sat down with Jennifer Grey, I didn't ask about Dirty Dancing. Yet it came up because the year the movie was released (1987) coincided with the car accident that left Grey with whiplash damage and chronic pain.
In early January, not knowing how else to express my grief, frustration, and fear, I decided to run in the ING NYC Marathon to raise much-needed money for research, treatment and support of those who contract pancreatic cancer.