Education issues

Brewer keeps vow to help his high school

This is not a political story, but an activism story well worth sharing: Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. This is the lesson Ally Jeffers learned last May as a freshman at Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala, Ohio, according to a report by Eric Lyttle in The Columbus Dispatch. Fearing that a school levy would fail and cut funding for the band, she searched for ways to help. Learning...

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Unionize college football players?

It’s college football season again, with plenty of exciting action — both on and off the field. Last spring, Northwestern University’s players threatened to form a union to counter a system they viewed as a money-making machine for everyone except the players. The players wanted the university to pay for sports-related medical bills, retain their scholarships when they are injured, and...

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Protesting for a Living Wage

Unemployment, technically, is going down; but most of the new jobs are for low-wage service workers. This is a fact that leads to the politically neutral conclusion that people are going to protest for living wages, either against specific employers such as Wal-Mart (which has faced such protests for years, including cases where Wal-Mart has paid its workers much less than its competitors), or...

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Pakistani girl shows courage under fire

Perhaps you have heard of Malala Yousafzai, a sixteen-year-old girl who was shot in the head last year by the Pakistani Taliban for advocating education for girls. She was nominated, but passed over, for the Nobel Peace Prize, which went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a UN-backed group working to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. As columnist Trudy...

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What price free speech?

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of the people “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The Fourteenth Amendment extended those guarantees to the actions of state and local governments. However, the message sometimes gets muddled, especially at the local level. For example, Robert Small, a parent of two children attending the public...

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