Like many ideas, the concept of designated drivers sounds good in theory, but the execution is often flawed. I was out one Saturday night, and my friend and designated driver had just left with someone and I was stuck thinking, "Now how am I going to get home?"
Undergraduate admission forms are straight forward, but 140-year-old Elmhurst College in Illinois recently added a new question to their 2012-13 application.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently proposed to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards that teachers should be paid a starting salary of $60,000 a year, potentially being able to earn as much as $150,000 a year.
As an education major, this sounds like a dream come true. However, as a rational, somewhat educated person, this is the most ridiculous proposal I've ever heard.
We hear horror stories about kids who graduate high school and can't read. They aren't equipped with the skills they need for college, let alone the means to pay for it. But do we really think about money in reference to how much is spent on educating our youth? Not only that, but specifically on educating the underprivileged youth?
Sunday will mark the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, when over 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks against World Trade Center buildings 1 and 2 and the Pentagon. Since that fateful day, the date has become a de facto day of national reflection. Every year, we pause and consider what we've lost, what we're fighting for, what we've become and where we're going as a nation.
Nations and regions are recognizing that to compete successfully in the 21st-century global economy, they must increase educational attainment levels. This is true in China, India and Brazil, as well as in the U.S. and Nebraska.
I draw in a breath. My lungs fill. I smother the instinct to release, strain, chest aching, wanting to hold it in forever. My eyes involuntarily close with the effort.