Category Archives: Stuff Of Life

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A dream unrealized for African-Americans in Chicago

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When Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, most blacks here were living in poor, segregated neighborhoods. They still are.

Sunshine Enterprises‘s insight:

50 Years since the I Have A Dream speech, we’re looking at what’s changed for economic opportunity right here in Chicago. 

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10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe

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For over a decade, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry on a global scale. The NMC’s advisory board includes 750 technology experts and faculty members from colleges and universities in 40 countries, and is supported by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).


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Pratham India: Every child, learning well


Education is without doubt one of the key ways to lifting people out of poverty. In India, a country of over one billion people and an estimated 400 million living below the poverty line (World Bank 2010), education has become a matter of survival for the millions of children living in poverty in both rural and urban Indian.

Per the 2012 the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER): Learning levels have dipped to an all-time low. So, almost half the 6-7 year-olds (Class I) in India cannot read even one letter in any language, over 57% cannot read any English while almost 40% cannot recognize numbers between 1 and 9, the report said. Access to education is becoming a key problem and obstacle for many of India’s poor children.

Pratham is the largest NGO working in India to provide quality education to the country’s millions of underprivileged children. Pratham’s multi-pronged…

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Sandy Hook & The Debate on Gun Control

Gun Control: A nationwide conversation

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A sign outside of Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn. greets visitors.

The tragedy at Sandy Hook School in Newtown Connecticut that took place this past Friday has both sides of the gun-rights argument calling for a revisited dialogue on the issue. Today  (Monday), Sen. Joe Manchin, a longtime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) said that it was time to discuss action on gun legislation.

An article from the Huffington Post quotes Manchin as stating,

“This is a moment to start a very serious national conversation about violence in our society, particularly about these acts of mass violence,” said the Connecticut senator, who is retiring at the end of the year.

President Obama, who spoke at a vigil in Connecticut on Friday evening, did not make mention of enacting gun legislation specifically, but did promise to utilize all tools at his disposal in order to counteract and prevent such acts of violence.

I was wondering where others stand on the issue of gun control, which led me to this person’s point of view.

A shooting in Newtown

An unspeakable act, an unbearable pain

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A sign on a post outside Sandy Hook Elementary School shows support for the victims of a gunman who opened fire inside the school on Friday, Dec. 15, 2012, Newtown, Conn. The massacre killed six adults and 20 children, ages 6 and 7. Photo courtesy of CBS News.

This past Friday, a gunman by the name of Adam Lanza burst into a schoolroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire on the students and faculty, killing almost thirty people, most of whom were young children.

This tragedy leaves a nation in shock and a community in terrible agony. As details of this event are still unfolding, many questions arise. Some are wondering about the tenacity of current gun legislation and regulatory enforcement. Schools across the country are revisiting existing security protocol. Parents everywhere are fearful for the safety of their children.

The greatest difficulty for myself and Holly has come in trying to explain all this to our young ones, as well as sharing in the grief that the families in Newtown undoubtedly feel. How do we begin to talk with any clarity about what has happened?

How can we wrap our minds around what compels an individual to commit such a heinous crime? Our lack of understanding on such matters is perhaps what causes us to react, with clear urgency, in producing some sort of definitive solution. But a nation’s need for peace of mind shouldn’t rob us of our capacity for empathy. Christians might also quickly produce a technically sufficient explanation as to the problem of evil in the world. But, we risk a great deal of callousness and insensitivity in doing so.

For my part, I wish to simply mourn and weep with those who are weeping.