July 29, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I have this overwhelming anger or jealousy toward my younger brother because of how "easily" his life seems to come for him. One example: I paid for community college on my own, and when I decided to go to a university, my parents cosigned for a semester but said I needed to figure it out after that. I could not afford it so I joined the military to get education benefits as well as health insurance. Now, two years post-military, I am finally able to use my education benefits.
January 11, 2015 |
Proclaiming that "the United States is coming back," President Obama unveiled an ambitious proposal Friday that would allow millions of students to get a community college education tuition-free. The president's speech, while welcomed by several local community college leaders and students as well as some national education advocates, provided few details about how the program would work, including how it would be funded. Obama said he would submit the idea to Congress in coming weeks as part of his new budget.
January 6, 2015
MY DAD, who was buried yesterday, died happy, but not satisfied. Happy for the gifts of family, good health, longevity and love, but not satisfied, because America had not achieved all she could. He believed that America's people deserve health care - the last crusade of his life - as they deserve, say, free education through college. Sydney Bernard Bykofsky, who spent 98 years among us, believed that every American deserves a job that pays at least a living wage, and that a rich America had no excuse to allow a child to go to bed hungry - anywhere . Since moving to Florida about 20 years ago, and acquiring a wardrobe as colorful as the Seychelles flag, Dad's single extravagance was leasing a new car every three years.
March 28, 2014 |
AT A TIME when many students still see college as their best hope for a rewarding career, higher education has become more expensive, far outpacing the steady increase in the cost of living. As a consequence, average student debt at graduation is pushing $30,000. In some cases, student debt reaches a disheartening six figures. But falling beyond the reach of these daunting statistics are many capable students who don't accumulate student debt because they can't scrape together the means to go to college in the first place.
July 19, 2013 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A prominent Pakistani Taliban commander has written a letter to a teenage girl shot in the head by the group, expressing regrets that he didn't warn her before the assassination attempt that propelled her activism to the international stage. The letter from Adnan Rasheed, however, didn't apologize for the October attack that left Malala Yousafzai gravely wounded. Rasheed, who has close relations with Taliban leaders, only said that he found the shooting "shocking" and wished it hadn't happened.
July 14, 2013 |
UNITED NATIONS - Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday on the world stage at the United Nations, defiantly telling Taliban extremists who tried to end her campaign for girls' education in Pakistan with a bullet that the attack gave her new courage and demanding that world leaders provide free education to all children. Malala was invited Friday to give her first public speech since she was shot in the head on her way back from school in Pakistan's Swat Valley in October. She addressed nearly 1,000 young leaders from more than 100 countries at the U.N.'s first Youth Assembly - and she had a message for them too. "Let us pick up our books and our pens.
July 13, 2013 |
Four months before this week's Reebok Classic Breakout at Philadelphia University, Chris Clover couldn't find a way to stop the bleeding. It was the Class AAAA state basketball semifinal against Chester High, and St. Joseph's Prep lost Clover for the first half after he took an elbow to his nose. He quickly stuffed his right nostril with cotton and started the second half. Clover scored 10 points in the 62-53 loss. Not many coaches or scouts knew about Clover in March, when he was a sophomore playing behind two Division I prospects, Steve Vasturia and Miles Overton.
June 10, 2012 |
A former Temple University, city, and School District executive has been named interim president of Girard College, officials announced Friday. Clarence D. "Clay" Armbrister, 55, will take the helm at the private boarding school in North Philadelphia on July 1. Mayor Nutter's former chief of staff, Armbrister most recently was senior vice president and chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, a post he left after six months....
February 15, 2012 |
DEAR Gov. Corbett, I understand why you are reticent to help Chester Upland School District. A bailout would serve as your apology for cutting millions from the education budget, and it would set a precedent for other districts to depend upon. But if you look to the actions of the state's first governor, and learn from his mistakes, you might realize that saving Chester Upland is in Pennsylvania's best interest. Did you know that William Penn held his first public-school discussion in Chester?
December 13, 2011
THE MOST recent travails of the Postal Service - with major cuts to service amid fears that the system could go bankrupt soon - do not sound altogether dissimilar to the debate over public education in the last few years. Both systems are bedrocks of our country's founding principles that no longer seem to be working. They're relics of former times that need to be updated to a less expensive, modern and, possibly, more private-sector model. And in both cases, it's not clear just how much of the crisis is real and how much is manufactured by those hoping to reap the rewards of dismantling it. It's hard to believe that the Postal Service wasn't doomed the first time AOL announced "You've got mail" almost two decades ago. The continued embrace of technology for bill-paying has also done its damage.