Career And Education
But about 65,000 will not be able to answer so easily. For them graduation speeches proclaiming that "today is a beginning, not an end" will ring hollow. Graduation is the end for them. They are the children of undocumented immigrants. These young men and women have lived in the United States, perhaps for most of their lives. They've gone to school here. Like their fellow students, they've played sports, taken the state tests, worked at part-time jobs and been urged by their teachers to aim for the stars.
The Texas State Board of Education has made nationwide headlines in recent weeks by rewriting the curriculum standards for its k-12 textbooks. Texas is the 500-pound guerilla in textbook publishing. It has the second-largest textbook market after California and a highly centralized way of buying the books. Long story short, Texas often creates the template for others states’ textbooks.
Most of us have a story about being bullied back in school. Thankfully, most of us did not go through the childhood that William Rivers Pitt endured. This bestselling author faced years of torment by classmates. Switching schools only made things worse. Teachers and administrators either looked the other way or took ineffectual action.
The most significant educational challenge facing the United States is the tragically low academic achievement of many students of color. The Teaching Diverse Students Initiative (TDSi) helps educators meet this challenge by providing research-based resources for improving the teaching of racially and ethnically diverse students.
I recently finished The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Sherman Alexie’s young adult novel repeatedly hit my funny bone and my weepy bone, too. The protagonist, Arnold “Junior” Spirit, a Native American on the Spokane Reservation, barges through all the traps of pathos and romanticisation sometimes found in “multi-culti” kid literature. There are repentant racists and quiet heroes, little triumphs and gut-punching tragedies. But it’s a great book, and I can see why it won the 2007 National Book Award.
Last spring, Casey Bronson experienced his "highlight" as an MBA student at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business when he helped a small Peruvian apparel maker with its big exporting ambitions.
"For this company, what we brought to the table was our understanding of the U.S. market," said Bronson, a second-year student from Clinton, Utah. "There's a lot of value in bringing fresh ideas from MBA students. You could tell that it breathed a lot of life and excitement into the companies that we consulted with."
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