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A Sputnik Moment for US Education

Last week, President Obama highlighted the need to invest more in education and technology to boost American innovation. His State of the Union remarks were framed by the ongoing competition for jobs in a global marketplace. “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment,” declared our President.... Read more

Move Over, George Clooney

Young ER Docs on the Frontline of Health Care in Tanzania
A woman suffering from severe burns is carried on a stretcher into the Emergency Medical Department of the main hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The patient had a live electric cable fall across her chest and her... Read more

Looking at No Child Left Behind v. 2.0

Attention this week has been on President Obama’s State of the Union address, in which he outlined his vision for education and set the stage for the rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, a.k.a. No Child Left Behind). Viewers noted that he touched on familiar issues:... Read more

On Students and Dreams

The 111th Congress ended 2010 with one of the most highly productive lame-duck sessions.  However, one bill Congress was not able to pass was the DREAM ACT, effectively shutting the door of opportunity for thousands of students in the U.S. who came illegally but who desire to stay and... Read more

New York City Schools and Performance Management

After more than eight years, New York schools chancellor Joel Klein recently resigned. Since the announcement, much debate has taken place about the impact he has had in New York, and about Cathie Black, the successor appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. During Klein’s tenure, NYC saw important... Read more