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If Not Now, When?

Without one another we are diminished. The more we have others around us, the stronger we can become. That is the idea of the common good. It’s not a uniquely American idea, but it is one with which many of us identify. Republicans in Congress have a different idea. It applies to guns, health care, […]

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What We Value: Democracy and the Common Good

Nothing will get better in America until we elect different people with different values and different commitments to local, state, and federal offices. Outrage may get some people who did not vote in recent elections to come out next time, but that strategy is insufficient. Reason and evidence are vital, but not enough. People need […]

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Why We Should Care About The Education Of Other People’s Children

It is time to care about the education of other people’s children. Other people’s children are or will be our neighbors. Other people’s children – from almost anywhere in the United States and beyond – could end up as our coworkers. Other people’s children are tomorrow’s potential voters. How, what, and with whom they learn […]

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Trump’s Education Budget: Cruel And Unusual Punishment

President Trump’s budget proposal violates the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The crime it punishes is not being wealthy, healthy and deserving of tax cuts. Budgets are values statements. Trump’s first full education budget proposal is no exception. Its $9.2 Billion or 13.6% cut in the spending level approved by the already spendthrift […]

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The Passover Principle

Year-after-year at my family’s secular Seder, we follow the Jewish custom of retelling the ancient story of the exodus from slavery in Egypt. Because we are not religious, our tale is that of the struggles of many different peoples’ for freedom from bondage and oppression at their own hands, rather than by deliverance by God. […]

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Isolation and Segregation Make Us Stupid. Integration and Belonging Make Us Smart

Mr. Casey, my high school English teacher, was fond of proclaiming,“From suffering alone comes wisdom.” There seems to be plenty of suffering around, but wisdom seems insufficiently distributed to protect our nation from the alarming triple threats to our democracy from escalating authoritarianism, inequality and divisiveness. I wonder: What is it that turns the banality of […]

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