Model District Climate Resolution

CALL TO CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION Calling on Congress and State Legislatures to Act on Climate to Protect Students WHEREAS, we believe America is a great nation and has proud heritage of addressing humanity’s most pressing problems; WHEREAS, we believe it is important to advocate for climate action leading to climate restoration to curtail one of the greatest threats facing communities …

Eight things I wish people understood about elite college admissions, by a former dean

What the student might contribute to campus, take full advantage of resources lacking throughout his/her life, and contribute both socially and academically. By Jason England  Updated May 8, 2019, Vox.com SHARE When people find out I used to work as a dean of admissions at an elite liberal arts university, they want to gab about the wealthy and famous, bribes and scandal, the …

The next egg: Investing our retirement savings in our local communities

If you’d like to learn more about that and about the nuts & bolts of SD IRAs and solo 401(k)s, join us for a webinar on April 11, 2019 at 11:30 am (Pacific), presented by author Michael Shuman and co-sponsored by LIFT Economy, Sustainable Economies Law Center, and Shareable. On that webinar, you’ll also learn about how Michael, LIFT, and the Law Center are planning to bring …

Most teachers don’t teach climate change; 4 in 5 parents wish they did

NPR | Anya Kamenetz, April 2019 More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides, according to the results of an exclusive new NPR/Ipsos poll: Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the subject needs to be taught in school. …

Energy is the second-largest expenditure for schools, and with flat roofs, they’re ideal for converting to solar energy: More schools could go solar under proposed grant program

“Schools have a lot of energy usage and this bill would help them offset that usage. They have flat roofs; they’re usually not shaded. … On top of that, it’s a great education opportunity. Schools that do have solar on their roofs bring students up there to learn about converting sunlight to energy. It’s a great STEM curriculum activity.”  Schools …

What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …

A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Helping students recognize the power they have—collectively or individually—to make the world a better place

“We want students to recognize the power they have—collectively or individually—to make the world a better place. But it’s wrong to direct students primarily toward individual solutions to create change.  In his Chapter Five essay, Derrick Jensen confronts this problematic celebration of individual action: Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for …

Debt and the value of college education in the US

Buzzfeed, Feb 2019, excerpt …Student debt in the US is a collective $1.5 trillion debt load. The weight of all that student loan debt is markedly different than the feeling of the weight of mortgage or credit card debt — after all, those borrowers can declare bankruptcy, an option unavailable to student loan borrowers. Not even death can absolve you or …