The winding road to school reform

Opinion | November 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

  Public-school advocates scored a rare victory last week when the state-appointed Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to dissolve, returning control back to the city. Many public-school activists cheered when the vote was cast. They had been calling for a return to local control for schools since the 2001 move by state lawmakers took it […]

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Winds of change are seldom welcome

Opinion | November 16th, 2017 | 6 Comments

  In 1960, conservative UK prime minister Harold Macmillan gave a speech to the parliament of South Africa, then an independent British commonwealth, in which he coined the term “winds of change.” “The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political […]

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Will a local school board make a difference?

Opinion | November 9th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Jay A. McCalla “Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” is one of those rare, neat phrases that requires neither explanation nor context. It’s a pithy warning about certain futility and probable doom. With that in mind, let’s turn our attention to Mayor Jim Kenney and his announcement that Philadelphia will – by June […]

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Extractive economy at the root of a myriad of problems

Opinion | November 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Colette Pichon Battle It’s hard to listen to the news each day without hearing another story of extreme weather. Hurricane Harvey caught our attention in August when it hit Houston, one of this nation’s largest cities. Then Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and Florida hard, followed by Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico and the […]

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Mass shootings do not reflect human nature

Opinion | November 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by David Cantor In the aftermath of mass murders, as in Las Vegas, we constantly hear that killing others arises from human nature. Filmmaker Ken Burns stated in his “Fresh Air” interview about his recent release on the Vietnam War, “War is human nature in spades.” Yet, during my 28 years studying human beings’ killing […]

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