Racking up an insurmountable amount of debt. Facing the prospect of losing everything you own. Turning to the only asset you can sell to reconcile a balance. Breaking a promise that could destroy the wellbeing of a family. The aforementioned are not everyday choices, but when you pick up the most popular work of 19th-century…

“Job training programs…work with what families and schools supply them and cannot remedy twenty years of neglect”(Heckman p. 88) Pedro Carneiro and James J. Heckman perform an incredibly insightful and comprehensive examination of the current state of debate and recommendations in their “Human Capital Policy” essay in a book of the same title. For greater…

Each year, the United Nations issues a human development report, a report that takes a look at how people fare around the globe. The first report, issued in 1990, was built on the premise that people are the real wealth of a nation. The 2013 report, “The Rise of the South,” focuses on the notable gains countries in the…

Over the years, The Who’s iconic song “Baba O’Riley” has been the subject of numerous interpretations, speculations, and hypotheses. Some claim the song is about the lives of teenagers wasted on the battlefields of the Vietnam War. Others say the song refers to Woodstock and the fields of teenagers wasted on a variety of drugs….

Jonathon Kozol’s groundbreaking book, “Savage Inequalities,” uncovered the extreme disparities between poor, urban school districts and wealthier, suburban schools. His book, published in 1991, clearly illustrated how inequalities in funding can have a direct and negative impact on how well students perform in school. Give students well-trained teachers in clean, well-appointed classrooms outfitted with updated…

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