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I’m not waiting for Superman; he isn’t even my favorite superhero

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens Davis Guggenheim, the director of Waiting for Superman, said that his ultimate goal for the film was to catalyze education reform. Knowing that makes thinking about the movie a little easier for me. Why? Guggenheim is a story-teller. His credits include Melrose Place, An Inconvenient Truth, Deadwood, and Party of Five. He is not a […]

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Movie Review Week – Waiting for Superman

By Bill Tierney

This week 21st Century Scholar hosts a week of reviews on the acclaimed and controversial movie Waiting for Superman. Waiting for Godot by Bill Tierney How can you not love the kids and the hopes of their parents in Waiting for Superman?  “She will go to college,” one mother tearfully says, “You don’t get a […]

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Imagine…

By Zoe B. Corwin

by Zoe Corwin Next week we’ll be blogging about the movie Waiting for Superman.  Michelle Rhee features prominently in the movie.  I saw her speak two weeks ago.  She is impressive – and among many things, a master storyteller.  I keep returning to one particular story she shared (very briefly paraphrased below).   Apparently when she […]

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The Thursday Pop with Kristan Venegas

By Kristan Venegas

Benny and the Jets, Hooters, & offer letters: Adventures in financial aid It’s 9:31pm on Sunday night. I’ve got a 19 month old. We can’t get her to sleep. What is the one thing that takes her down every time? Elton John’s 1974 classic, Benny and the Jets. She’s been listening to this song since […]

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Risky Behavior

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney When I was in college I worked in a homeless shelter.  I began by working the graveyard shift and worked my way up to being the evening manager.  If there had not been an odd confluence of events I might still be working in some capacity like that today.  I enjoyed working […]

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Education is the new space race?

By Randy Clemens

by Randy Clemens A few weeks ago, Robert Slavin, researcher at Johns Hopkins University and chair of Success for All, wrote a piece for the Huffington Post: A Call to Arms for Education. Slavin discusses the government’s new addition to the Investing in Innovation (i3) Program: Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education (ARPA-ED). The program is a […]

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The Life of the Mind – and Soul

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney On a recent trip I read on my Kindle The Last Station by Jay Parini, a wonderful novel about the last year of Tolstoy.  While I was on the plane I had my spiffy Bose Headphones on and listened to Brahms’ Concerto in A Minor on my iPod as I read the […]

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How Rich are the Superrich? Part II

By Bill Tierney

Capitol Gain: Why Washington is Closer to Wall Street Than Main Street           Congressional data from 2009. Family net worth data from 2007. Sources: Center for Responsive Politics; US Census; Edward Wolff, Bard College.   Who’s Winning? For a healthy few it’s getting better all the time.   It’s the inequality, […]

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Thursday is TechDay: “Race to the Top” Goes Digital

By Stefani Relles

by Stefani R. Relles To promote Obama’s “Race to the Top” goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates worldwide by 2020, the White House invited high school students nationwide to send in videos that showed how their campus prepares them for college and careers. That’s right, videos. Six finalists were selected by the […]

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Academic Responsibility: Raves and Football

By Bill Tierney

by Bill Tierney In January of this year President Nikias sent a letter to ‘SC’s students warning them of the potential dangers of going to raves.  The letter is thoughtful, personal, and important.  Although the President didn’t mention it, I know him well enough, that I’m sure a tragedy in the fall was part of […]

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