The decision gives real teeth to the state's Constitution, and that could be a very good thing. It's those teeth that I find fascinating, since an approach like that used by the Vergara judge could put California courts in a very different role than we have thus far seen in the U.S.
Opening or locking doors, adjusting shower temperatures, and shutting off outlets are all in the realm of possibility. Technology has an incredible opportunity to improve my child's life at every turn. What concerns me is where all of this leads.
There's a certain level of madness in using ever more extreme technologies to wring ever-dwindling supplies of black gold from Mother Earth. The safest way to insure that one's retirement nest egg lasts a lifetime is to live only on the interest.
Given the number of successful attacks we've seen in the past year, it's apparent that the security community is in need of a new approach. We can no longer afford to sit back and wait for attacks to hit our perimeter and hope that we can stop them -- that simply does not work.
The advanced technology of the war on terrorism, combined with deferential courts and legislators, have endangered both the right to privacy and the right of people to be free from government snooping and tracking.
The struggle to make sure a quality education is available to every child -- and not just a privilege for a few -- is the unfinished and critical business before the nation for it will determine America's future place on the global stage in a rapidly changing competitive world.
In a previous post, I talked to LA elementary school principal Donald S. Wilson about the film and the current public education crisis. Now, Carol Markham-Cousins, principal at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, MN shares her views.