Poverty Bibliography (Blog Action Day 2008)

A bibliography for Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty. A collection of readings on economics and poverty, for parents, kids, and churches. “You cannot reduce poverty if you don’t know what poverty is.”

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Dashed Hopes (or, Nonsense in Nashville)

Richard Harwood: “When this campaign started, many people, including myself, thought it was a golden opportunity for a real debate between competing visions for the nation’s future. Remember that?”

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Coming Next Week: Blog Action Day ’08: Poverty

Visit http://blogactionday.org, and join the Blog Action Day ’08 conversation on poverty!

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Does Your Book Deserve My Vote?

Kids react to books much as they react to their favorite candidates: they like them because everyone else does, adding titles to their favorites list even when they haven’t read them. Voting for a Book, part of the Youth Radio series on NPR.

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So, Mrs. Palin, how does it feel to be a Problem?

W.E.B. DuBois has said, “being a problem is a strange experience…a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity…” Problems change, but race is still a problem. And […]

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The Woman, the Problem, the Dream…and the Hope?

Some of our struggles: from Sojurner Truth, who asks, “Ain’t I a Woman?” From W.E.B. Du Bois, who asks, “How does it feel to be a Problem?” From Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks, “Can we bank on this dream?” And from Barack Obama, who claims that, “Yes, we can.”

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Not Quite Lifelong Learning

“So let me get this straight,” I said. “If I were to drop out of school tomorrow and get a job at Burger King, the state would pay for my child care?”

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Essential and Subversive: Parents in Education

However beneficial we understand parent involvement in education to be, the system we have is not integrated, but segregated.

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Teach Them to Read and Let Them Go!

Having conventional life stages mapped out is comforting–we know what we are supposed do and when; but what if life doesn’t always fit in a box? Or what if, as recent developmental research implies, there is no box?

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August, 1945

Sixty-three years ago this week, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The enormity of the event, the inhuman scale of both this power and its consequences, is nearly impossible to communicate. How can one understand the power of a thousand suns unleashed upon whole cities? It became one of the defining stories for generations […]

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Camp Is Where the Heart Is

Summer camp is not really about recreation, but about learning the practices of the group–not affluenza, but apprenticeship. For me, Covenant Point was where I learned to love creation and its Lord, and to see his character and presence in the counselors & campers there. So I asked our boys, “At each of these camps, what did you learn? What did you practice?”

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