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|Youth Today: Riding on the Coattails of Brown||
By Karen Pittman, May 2004
I often look for opportunities to tell people that I received an excellent education from the Washington, DC, public schools. I have long known that my years in the city's public schools contrast sharply with the experiences of most students in the system today. What I didn't know, until recently, was that they were also an anomaly in their own time.
|Youth Today: Rights and Responsibilities Revisited||
By Karen Pittman, February 2003
"Third time's a charm." One of those family sayings I have found to be not only colorful, but equally applicable in child rearing, home repair and public policy analysis. If, in the course of a month or two, the same challenge pops up in three different situations, I take note. In the public policy arena at large, the challenge is how to link ever-growing interest in out-of-school time programs with building interest in youth civic engagement.
|Youth Today: Risky Businesses||
By Karen Pittman, June 2004
Consider this: In 2001, more young people declared bankruptcy than graduated from college.
|Youth Today: S.O.S. for Youth||
By Karen Pittman, September/October 1994
|Youth Today: Secret to Success: Deliver Meaning||
By Karen Pittman, March 2006
Accomplishment. Beauty. Community. Creation. Duty.
Those are five of the 15 “meanings” identified in a hot new business book about the bottom-line importance of creating meaningful customer experiences.
|Youth Today: Shutting the College Doors on Poor Youth||
By Karen Pittman, February 2005
Google Alerts are wonderful, a free personalized online clipping service. At the top of my clips for the New Year was this editorial from the Desert Sun (January 2, 2005) in Palm Springs, California: “Fund your college education — apply now for financial aid: Application deadlines are looming — don’t delay any longer.”
|Youth Today: Small is Essential||
By Karen Pittman, October 1999
Construction of a new 5,000-student high school in Los Angeles was halted last month because someone discovered that is was being built on a toxic site. Because of land scarcity, it turns out that this is a problem in big cities across the country.
|Youth Today: Some Things Do Make a Difference||
By Karen Pittman, April 2003
While the debate over whether after-school programs make a difference in academic achievement takes shape inside the Washington Beltway, more good news has been deposited on the bridge where research, policy and practice meet.
|Youth Today: Still at Risk, but Not at Sea||
By Karen Pittman, June 2003
Twenty years ago in April, the National Commission on Excellence in Education gave the country a wake-up call with the release of A Nation at Risk, the report whose warnings about the prevalence of low expectations and low performance in American schools set the stage for today's educational standards movement.
|Youth Today: Strength in Unity||
By Karen Pittman, November/December 1994