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To graduate in many states you are required to fulfill several requirements including obtaining a high school diploma. However, in Chicago students will soon have a strange but promising requirement. The requirement is students will have to outline a plan of future in order to graduate despite obtaining their high school diploma. The plan includes: a college acceptance letter, a job, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program or the military. Mayor Rahm mentioned " We are going to help kids have a plan, because they’re going to need it to succeed,” he said. “You cannot have kids thin...
The value of education cannot be overstated. Educated individuals earn more, live healthier lives, and contribute to civic life. In the West, there are plenty of access to K-12 education. Public education is almost entirely free as well. As important as education is, many countries around the globe are still fighting to provide this fundamental right for their citizens...
19 days ago
At our seminar this Wednesday we will begin the 2017 performance review process.  Please be sure to bring the following to the seminar:1 - your copy of Good People that we will use for a discussion activity2 - your edlab website bio, or an excerpt from that bio that we will use for the first part of the performance review3 - your latest reflections on what it means to be "the fullest version of yourself"
19 days ago
In Chapter 13 Tjan stresses the Good People Mantra and suggests committing to having a positive impact on the lives of 10 other people.  In our setting the focus can be on committing to having a positive impact on one another and the students and faculty of the college. If we commit to helping others become the fullest version of themselves, then we will be living and working in an environment where those around us are committed to helping us become the fullest versions of ourselves.  This seems both powerful in its potential impact and challenging to...
19 days ago
In Chapter 12 Tjan takes up the challenge of making judgments about people, presumably so that we can become better at selecting the "right" people to join our efforts or organizations.  I will get to the specific tools and techniques that Tjan advocates shortly, but I want to start with some more basic obervations and assumptions.First, there is something a bit more complicated about the notion of judging other people that needs examination.  In most cases we are judging other people in reference to something that we ourselves are doing (e.g., taking a mate, p...
21 days ago
Will the 1 billion additional dollars promised by Governor Cuomo change life for subway riders anytime soon? According to this piece in Wired the outlook is not promising. There are various explanations for the plight of the subway from insufficient funding to poor organization, but perhaps the most provocative one is lack of visio...
23 days ago
 The latest squabble about charging Amazon an internet tax
25 days ago
My daily commute (for the past four years) to school was a simple 10-minute train ride. My commute time was similar to those of my schoolmates as we all lived within a reasonable distance to school. For some students across the world, commuting to school is a long and sometimes dangerous daily endeavor. Furthermore, some school-aged children don’t attend school because their families don’t have the resources to pay for them to commute to school.  This