Have you or anyone you know enrolled in college, left and come back once (or more), and then decided you’ll probably never finish? I’m writing a piece for NBC News about “repeat noncompleters”—people who’ve had a stop-and-start college experience.
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In my latest for The Guardian, I challenge Democrats to push for real change in the lives of the voters they rely on so heavily.
Inequality: it’s all anybody can talk about … except Democrats on the campaign trail who, with two weeks before Election Day, desperately need to turn out…
Run, Vote, Lead (which I am a big fan of) and other organizations are teaming up to help recruit more women to run for office! Women are way more likely than men to need to be *asked* to run for office so do your part to help get more women in office!
“IT SAVES YOU TIME.
It looks like it’s wasting time, but literature is actually the ultimate time-saver — because it gives us access to a range of emotions and events that it would take you years, decades, millennia to try to experience directly. Literature is the greatest reality simulator — a machine that puts you through infinitely more situations than you can ever directly witness.
IT MAKES YOU NICER.
Literature performs the basic magic of what things look like though someone else’s point of view; it allows us to consider the consequences of our actions on others in a way we otherwise wouldn’t; and it shows us examples of kindly, generous, sympathetic people.
Literature deeply stands opposed to the dominant value system — the one that rewards money and power. Writers are on the other side — they make us sympathetic to ideas and feelings that are of deep importance but can’t afford airtime in a commercialized, status-conscious, and cynical world.
IT’S A CURE FOR LONELINESS.
We’re weirder than we like to admit. We often can’t say what’s really on our minds. But in books we find descriptions of who we genuinely are and what events, described with an honesty quite different from what ordinary conversation allows for. In the best books, it’s as if the writer knows us better than we know ourselves — they find the words to describe the fragile, weird, special experiences of our inner lives… Writers open our hearts and minds, and give us maps to our own selves, so that we can travel in them more reliably and with less of a feeling of paranoia or persecution.”
Let’s be clear: Dr. William Hite is not teaching our children. Neither is Mayor Michael Nutter, nor School Reform Commission members Bill Green, Farah Jimenez, Marjorie Neff, Sylvia Simms or Feather Houstoun. Nor, God help us, is Governor Tom Corbett. The people with a direct impact on what our children learn and how prepared they are to take Philadelphia into the 21st century are teachers. The ones the School Reform Commission ambushed so it could cancel its contract with their union.
I want to meet the person who wrote this and shake his or her hand.