Insight News

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Commentary

Civil society provides common ground in Syria

Civil society provides common ground in SyriaDuring my visit to Syria and Lebanon last May, I met with representatives of the Syrian government, religious leaders, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Hezzbolah, the nonviolent opposition, the Free Syrian Army and the UN. Most importantly I talked with refugees in Lebanon and internally displaced people in rebel held territories in Syria.
Read more...
 

High school students can earn college credit

High school students can earn college creditNobody asked me, but since young folk everywhere are heading back to school, my thoughts turn to that pesky "achievement gap."

I had the opportunity, earlier this year, to do some work for the Center for School Change and, indirectly, the Minnesota State Department of Education. In so doing, I learned a lot about Dual Credit Programs that are available to high school students beginning as early as 9th grade.
Read more...

Mentors Matter

Mentors MatterThese are the words of an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school in a high-poverty neighborhood in the nation's capital: "Where I live, which is Ward 7, everyone is the same . . . If you follow the crowd, you're going to end up dead or in jail because that's where most of them are. But if you're a leader and you make your own decisions, then you can set your path for life."
Read more...

My story: Towards a peaceful future in Syria

My story: Towards a peaceful future in SyriaTwo years ago when the war started in Syria, I saw my husband, my friend at the time, losing his hair by the handfuls because of the stress of watching the war in his country from overseas.

A year and a half ago he couldn't take not knowing the real situation in Syria. Despite my worry, he went to Syria; he and told me on our broken phone conversations that all was "OK" but it wasn't good in remote areas. This is my story. This is one story out of millions.
Read more...

All children deserve teachers who care about them

All children deserve teachers who care about them"You see a lot of teachers judge and stigmatize their students based on where they come from. A lot of my teachers thought that since I was from the South End of Louisville and I grew up in Section 8 housing that I wasn't capable of doing all the things that I did, and the first time that I really felt like I was someone, it was the first time my fifth grade teacher actually pulled me to the side and said, 'What can I do for you to help you as a student?' And I ask my students that now. I pull them to the side and I say, 'What can I do as an adult to help you?'. . . I feel like every time I talk to someone, I should instill something in them, and I want that in return. And that happens just through treating people with love."
Read more...

Gloucester's rebellion: Another lesson about our character

Gloucester's rebellion: Another lesson about our characterThree hundred years before a multiracial coalition stormed Washington's National Mall to demand equal rights and economic justice, the working men of Gloucester County, Va., made a stand of their own based on class, not race. We often ask whether Martin Luther King Jr. would recognize the world in 2013, but it is equally valid to ask whether he would have recognized the world of 1663, when Black and White children of slaves and servants did play together in the tobacco fields.
Read more...

O'Reilly's view: Too blind to see

O'Reilly's view: Too blind to seeI was on a plane two weeks ago headed to California to visit my daughter when I first heard Bill O'Reilly's televised rant justifying the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

I watched as my fellow passengers, primarily white, received their daily dose of racial polarization. It was a very disturbing experience.
Read more...
Page 14 of 127

Recent Comments

Powered by Disqus



Facebook Twitter RSS Image Map

Latest show

  • September 23, 2014
    State Representative Rena Moran (65-A), Verlena Matey-Keke, and Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds.

Business & Community Service Network