Someone Likes My Blog in Burundi!

I'm not sure what may have caused this, but today there was an unusually high volume (for me) of traffic from the country of Burundi in eastern Africa. I can't tell what blog posts the person (or persons) was reading (at least I don't think I can with WP stats), but I am assuming it … Continue reading Someone Likes My Blog in Burundi!

What Am I Missing?

Today's Wall Street Journal featured a profile of Heather Mac Donald, an American political commentator, essayist, attorney, and journalist. She is currently a Thomas W. Smith Fellow of the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank. Over the years, Mac Donald has been more than willing to share her opinion on a variety of issues, including victimization, philanthropy, immigration reform, crime prevention, racism, racial profiling, rape, politics, … Continue reading What Am I Missing?

Why Is There Even a Debate about Trying to Help the Poor?

The New York Times Magazine had a wonderful, but at the same time depressing, story about what it's like to be poor in the United States today. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Matthew Desmond, the article offers insight into world of poverty, and provides evidence and sound reasoning as what is the best way … Continue reading Why Is There Even a Debate about Trying to Help the Poor?

The Power of Teach for America

Today I had one of my students, who is doing an internship with Teach for America (TFA), give a five-minute presentation to our class on the TFA program and encourage students to give some thought to becoming part of the "corps". The timing could not have been better; in today's Wall Street Journal there was … Continue reading The Power of Teach for America