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American School Wars (2)

March 17, 2017
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American School Wars (2)

How we got here.

The last seventy years saw a lot of change in American education. The first great change came in 1954 from the U.S. Supreme Court. It was Brown vs. Board of Education. The Court ruled that “separate …

American School Wars (1)

March 16, 2017
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American School Wars (1)

Where America is Now.

Kids go to school to learn how to succeed in life. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are the basic skills they need. That is the easy part to describe.

The background. For many years, the states oversaw …

Impact of the Great Scandal in South Korea

March 13, 2017
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Impact of the Great Scandal in South Korea

The highest court in South Korea found President Park Geun-hye guilty of crimes. She was the first woman president of the country. She is the first president forced out of power. She had to leave the office.

The charge against …

Waging Peace in Colombia is Not Easy

March 3, 2017
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Waging Peace in Colombia is Not Easy

The fifty-year war in Colombia was over. It was time to make peace work. The rebels (known as FARC) agreed to turn in their weapons. The movement was to become political. The military phase was over.

But a lot …

A Police State in the Making?

February 28, 2017
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A Police State in the Making?

Many Americans say President Trump is right on immigration. They say the nation should know who is crossing the borders. Coming to America is a privilege. It is not a right. They say they support legal immigration.

There are about …

Trump Introduces Fear into America

February 24, 2017
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Trump Introduces Fear into America

All over the world, documents matter. Passports give people identity. Driver’s licenses let you drive. To be without documents is to expose yourself to danger.

It was never safe for anyone to be in America without papers. Millions came the …

Morocco Says No to Making or Selling Burqas

January 17, 2017
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Morocco Says No to Making or Selling Burqas

About ten years ago, France banned the wearing of all religious symbols in schools. Two years ago, France banned clothing that hides the face. Last year, a few French beaches banned the wearing of burkinas (burqa swimsuits). The people in …

India Ends ‘Black Money’

January 3, 2017
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India Ends ‘Black Money’

A way of life in India has changed. Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India. In November he made an announcement. He told the Indian people they would not be able to use their 500 and 1,000 cash rupee …

Is This How America Will Pay for its Future?

January 2, 2017
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Is This How America Will Pay for its Future?

Republicans and Democrats do agree on something. They agree that the U.S. has to invest in rebuilding itself. Things get old. Tunnels that carry water get old. Buildings that house people get old. You name it. Most things that are …

Wall Street is Becoming Europe’s Landlord

December 27, 2016
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Wall Street is Becoming Europe’s Landlord

Smart people sat down in New York City about eight years ago. Not sitting in one room, rather sitting at different companies. The companies were famous firms. Goldman Sachs and Blackstone were two of the biggest. Their job was to …

In Brief

Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are...

What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are...

Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John...

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate...

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