July 8, 2010 |
MOST PEOPLE think the American Dream is about success. It's not. It's about aspiration. Not everyone makes it, but the idea (whether you buy it or not) is that anyone can make it. From the writings of Benjamin Franklin all the way to "The Apprentice," that difference between making it and hoping to make it explains a lot about American culture. For many young people, college aspiration is a powerful entry point for the American Dream. It's a goal that structures their sense of themselves, and their vision of their future in our society.
June 17, 2010 |
LAST YEAR, for Father's Day, I bought my dad a T-shirt from J.C. Penney's. I prepared waffles, eggs and bacon for breakfast and, for dinner, boiled crabs, baked potatoes and cherry-topped cheesecake, his favorite. For the evening, the movie fanatic and I ordered a horror film from On Demand. His belly was full, and he was entertained. Daddy-day was a success. He was happy. But this year I won't be able to celebrate with my tall, grand, giant dad because he is currently receiving drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment at a long-term center in New York.
April 9, 2010 |
Gov. Christie wants to cap tuition and fee increases at the state's four-year public colleges and universities at 4 percent, after proposing to cut the schools' state aid by nearly 18 percent. The cap proposal was buried in budget language released this week by the administration. Though Christie has no formal power to set tuition or fees, schools that exceed the cap would have their state funds reduced by an amount equal to two times what they collect in additional tuition. The withheld funds would be distributed among schools that abided by the cap, according to the proposal.
January 8, 2010
Another day of infamy In "Admit the country's at war" on Monday, Charles Krauthammer - while pretending to be the honest patriot he is not - criticizes the Obama administration's response to the Christmas Day attack. If we need to remind ourselves of "a date that will live in infamy," as Krauthammer quotes Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Pearl Harbor, let's never forget March 2003, when the Bush administration bombed Iraq for fabricated lies. Want to speak about infamy?
May 1, 2009
Children who grew up in the same neighborhoods and went to the same schools may pay more than their classmates to go to college, if they came to this country illegally. That may sound fair. But, for the nation, it's a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face. These children of illegal immigrants are going to stay in this country. It is best that they become well-educated, gainfully employed, and able to give back to American society. Some of these kids are top scholars.
March 8, 2009 |
Colleges and universities have been a refuge from the corporate mergers, industry consolidations and volatile business conditions that have cramped so many financial, professional, manufacturing, and medical institutions. It's a way of life supported by government subsidies, generous alumni, sophisticated investments, borrowed money, and the deep wallets of families that want the best for their children. All of that is now in danger. Like health care, college tuition keeps going up faster than other prices.
March 2, 2009 |
In Delaware County, residents of the Chester Upland School District - one of Pennsylvania's poorest and most academically challenged - pay more than $5,400 annually to attend their county community college full time. In the same county, residents of the Radnor Township School District - one of the richest in the state - pay only $3,160 to attend the same college. That harsh irony is rooted in a decades-old community-college funding system that education officials agree is badly broken, but that no one seems to know how to fix. Residents of school districts that paid to build the college in 1967 and contribute annually to its operation are charged half the tuition of those in districts that do not sponsor it. "It's difficult.
April 24, 2008 |
Today's uncertain economic climate, coupled with recent concern about rising college tuitions, continues to bring attention to America's community colleges as a solution for building the prosperity of our country's middle class. Those colleges, including my own, Montgomery County Community College, offer affordable access to workforce training, technical careers, and baccalaureate and advanced degrees to more than 12 million Americans each year, among them 30,000 Montgomery County residents.
April 17, 2008 |
A medical technician was sentenced yesterday to 11 1/2 months in prison after he pleaded no contest to indecent assault on four women at Temple University Hospital and Temple Children's Medical Center. Mathew Philip, 54, a married father of two, quietly accepted the sentence handed down by Municipal Court Judge Marsha Neifeld. But he refused to accept responsibility for the incidents, saying, "Nobody told me I was doing something wrong. " As his family wept at the back of the court, Neifeld further sentenced Philip to eight years of supervised probation and treatment and counseling at an institution for sex offenders.
January 23, 2008 |
Kaitlyn Willard always envisioned going somewhere with her athletic prowess. The Upper Darby High senior has spina bifida. It is a birth defect, depending on the type, that affects the development of the spinal cord and results in some degree of paralysis. Even with her condition, Willard is having her dream fulfilled. Willard will attend the University of Alabama on a partial athletic scholarship in September to play for the Crimson Tide's women's wheelchair basketball team. She's scheduled to sign her scholarship in February for a basketball scholarship, which covers 5 years.