More Charter Schools Won’t Educate All Children

By Maureen O’Connor (United States) The proposal to lift the “cap” on charter schools now before the Massachusetts Senate would give more choices to some parents and fewer choices to others. There is no evidence that it would shrink the achievement gap. The proposed “caplift” applies to one tenth of Massachusetts school districts. Because of…

A Universal Basic Income

By Paul MacDonald (United Kingdom) A completely unconditional and universal income paid to all citizens of a country (in my case, the UK). Millionaire? You can get it. Single parent? You can get it. Destitute? you can get it. Six months left to live? You can get it (for the next six months). Wages One…

Don’t Treat People Like Lab Rats

By: Diana Skelton (France) “The fact that they were illiterate was helpful, too, because they couldn’t read the newspapers. If they were not, as things moved on they might have been reading newspapers and seen what was going on.” —Dr. Sidney Olansky, one of the directors of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, speaking about the lies…

Full of Our Parents’ Courage

Fatimata reveals through her testimony her active participation in her community.  People who have known poverty can better describe the humiliations as well as the courage of parents and children in overcoming poverty. Her words were brought to the UN through different steps, different places, from Ouagadougou (on the occasion of the seminar “The poorest…