May 28, 2007 |
In a few months, a new 10-foot statue of Bill Clinton will take its place overlooking Bill Clinton Boulevard - in the city of Pristina, capital of the breakaway province of Kosovo. Remember Kosovo? For a few months, it captured our attention. Now, while the American public looks elsewhere, the province is again becoming a test case for how much say the international community will have within the borders of a sovereign nation. The surprising answer - in Kosovo as in Darfur, and perhaps elsewhere - is that this community can and must have a say. Kosovo may be the turning point that lays noninterventionism down to a quiet sleep.
November 19, 2006 |
"Deconstructionist" Jim Primdahl has evolved a philosophy about dismantling and reusing buildings, and he has no doubt that a structure has a soul. But even Primdahl admits being a little shaken after a worker brought a 26-year-old black-and-white portable TV down from a room in the old Divine Lorraine Hotel at Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue in North Philadelphia. Primdahl turned on the TV to see whether it worked. The picture "flatlined," but the audio came through loud and clear: a preacher railing against sin and for salvation through Jesus Christ.
October 31, 2006 |
EVERYONE sitting in the waiting room at Family Court was being deliberately civilized for the sake of the child whose future was to be decided that day. Was he to return to his negligent mother or remain permanently in the custody of his paternal grandparents? The only unrelated witness there was the boy's second-grade teacher. The teacher had been asked to testify to his nearly perfect attendance and academic progress while living with his grandparents, compared to his prior year with Mom. The waiting continued.
August 11, 2006
Psychological grilling Re: "Policy divides psychologists," Aug. 9: Psychologists have many professional roles. We are observers. We are interpersonal strategists. We are healers. These roles, like this great nation, should be treated as inseparable. And so must we be on this issue. The interrogation room is not a venue of therapeutic intervention. In the psychologist's office, the therapist has a great deal of responsibility and a great deal of power. We are trained to see clearly and to make interventions in the best interests of the person who has come to us for help.
July 3, 2006
James Alcorn Elementary School is tucked away in a tough corner of South Philadelphia. The first thing you see when you enter the building is a banner proudly proclaiming, "We made AYP. " The students and staff of Alcorn, run by Edison Schools Inc., have cause to be proud. It's not easy to have test scores and other measures rise to the prized status of Adequate Yearly Progress, a standard set by the federal No Child Left Behind law. Alcorn has done so two years in a row. The school had another designation after the state of Pennsylvania took over the district in 2001.
April 26, 2006
Amachi is a West African word whose meaning is swaddled in wisdom: "Who knows but what God has brought us through this child. " That saying is all about the potential of children, the possibilities of their lives if offered the chance to grow, to learn, to live moral lives - and to have children who give to their communities in a positive way. Amachi is also the name of a mentoring program that has had a big impact on the children of incarcerated...
March 28, 2006 |
As thoughtful people sort out the lessons of the ongoing Iraq tragedy, some look for seeds of hope. Tom Fox and his fellow hostages from Christian Peacemaker Teams represent one of those seeds. Three of those captives were freed last week. The body of Virginia Quaker Tom Fox was found on March 9. The day before the abduction, Fox wrote an entry titled "Why are we here?" in his online journal (http://electroniciraq.net/news/2212.shtml). They went to Iraq, in Fox's words, "to stand with those being dehumanized by oppressors and stand firm against that dehumanization.
February 8, 2006 |
About 1,000 arrests in Philadelphia each year are of suspects too young to see a movie rated PG-13. They are 10- to 12-year-olds with rap sheets that include rape, robbery, aggravated assault and weapons offenses, according to a report made public yesterday by Philadelphia Safe and Sound, a nonprofit advocacy and research organization. "These are fifth, sixth and seventh graders," said Kathleen Meyers, director of research and policy at the agency, which produced "Lifetimes at Risk: Young Offenders Between 10-12 Years of Age. " "We have to realize they're young and they can really turn things around and get back on the right path.
October 9, 2005 |
Sue Lafferty hopes her first job will also be her last job. In an era when people hop from employer to employer, with stops in different parts of the country, she is an anomaly. Not only has she had the same employer for the last 21 years, she has worked in the same building. After graduating in 1984 from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, Lafferty went to work as a special-education teacher at the Archway Programs' Lower School in Atco. Now she is Lower School principal.