As the new school year begins, I wonder why the United States continues to struggle to provide an extraordinary education for all of our children. The Pearson’s Global Education Index Ranks U.S. 14th in Learning and Skill Attainment and reported – “Pacific Asian countries have continued to outrank their peers because of an effective education system and “culture of accountability,” according to the report. The research showed that teachers, students, and parents took equal responsibility for their roles in education. These countries also valued teachers and schools significantly higher than other nations. The report attributes this to a commitment to …read more
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Across the nation, The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that approximately 550,000 unaccompanied, single young adults (up to age 24) experience a homelessness episode longer than one week – and while it’s difficult to track homeless youth, it is estimated that 380,000 are under 18 years old. Here at home, the number of Baltimore City Public School students identified as homeless doubled between 2008 – 2013; with 2,716 homeless students identified in the 2012-13 school year.
Children are considered homeless when they lack a fixed, regular and adequate night-time place of residence including:
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About a month ago I got into a bike accident and sprained my wrist. For several weeks I kept it bandaged and couldn’t do everyday activities in the manner I was used to. Opening doors, lifting objects, making meals, even typing were all made difficult or impossible.
My hurdles were offset by the fact that my sprained wrist:
Reassuring my mom that my wrist will be just fine
Was only temporary Didn’t affect my mobility
Millions in this country do not have the luxury of recovery and unaffected mobility. They were born with spinal issues, met with grievous accidents …read more
Is there a relationship between the way we treat each other and the continued violence in our schools and communities? I am shocked by the shooting at Ft Hood and the recent stabbing at a school in Pennsylvania. We hear that the soldier at Ft Hood was receiving mental health treatment, but no one anticipated his dramatic actions.
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Spc. Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula during his service with the 295th Infantry of the Puerto Rico National Guard. Lopez is suspected of fatally shooting three people before killing himself at the Fort …read more
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After most natural disasters it is inspiring to see the world come together to assist those in need. Having served as a Red Cross volunteer after Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas I saw firsthand how natural disasters often do bring out the best in people.
In this spirit, the New York Times has rounded up some of the organizations that are helping the thousands of people affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. Take a look at their round up and head on over to Resources Now to see a list of additional organizations not only …read more
As the holidays are approaching, I am once again looking at how to find gifts that go above and beyond the standard tchotchke. I have started receiving the standard barrage of email advertisements from various retail companies. There are two companies that have stood out among the rest, however, as they have added a charitable component to their standard models.
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First up is Toms. I’ve been a long-time fan of Toms, which is a company that started out making shoes. Their model always included that for every pair of shoes sold, a pair would be …read more