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Hispanic Families, Isolated and Broke – NYTimes.com

Hispanic Families, Isolated and Broke – NYTimes.com.

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Isolated, Vulnerable And Broke

Princeton, N.J.

ACCORDING to a new study by the Pew Research Center, Hispanic families saw the largest decline in wealth of any racial or ethnic group in the country during the latter half of the last decade: from 2005 to 2009, their median wealth fell by an astounding 66 percent. The reason? The implosion of the housing market, where Hispanic families had invested much of their wealth.

But that’s only the latest chapter in a much longer story. Over the past two decades Hispanics have moved from the middle of the socioeconomic hierarchy, between blacks and whites, to a position below both. On virtually every indicator of socioeconomic welfare, Hispanics fell relative to blacks.

This has nothing to do with nativist tropes like work ethic or resistance to assimilation and everything to do with misguided government policy: our immigration and border-control system has created a class of people cut off from traditional legal and economic structures and thus vulnerable to the worst depredations of the market system.

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Assimilation’s Failure, Terrorism’s Rise – NYTimes.com

Assimilation’s Failure, Terrorism’s Rise – NYTimes.com.

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Assimilation’s Failure, Terrorism’s Rise

London

SIX years ago today, on July 7, 2005, Islamist suicide bombers attacked London’s transit system. They blew up three subway trains and a bus, killing 52 people and leaving a nation groping for answers.

In one sense the meaning of 7/7 is as clear to Britons as that of 9/11 is to Americans. It was a savage, brutal attack intended to sow mayhem and terror. Yet whereas 9/11 was the work of a foreign terrorist group, 7/7 was the work of British citizens. The question that haunts London, but that Washington has so far barely had to face, is why four men born and brought up in Britain were gripped by such fanatic zeal for a murderous, medieval dogma.

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Can You Explain the War Powers Act? – NYTimes.com

Can You Explain the War Powers Act?

Published: May 8, 2011

The Department of Education’s latest assessment of what young Americans know about civics shows that the light of democracy burns steadily in schools, if too dimly.

The test was given last year to 27,000 children in the 4th, 8th and 12th grades. “Basic” knowledge for an eighth grader meant being able to identify a right protected by the First Amendment. A “proficient” 12th grader could define “melting pot” and argue whether or not the United States is one. An “advanced” fourth grader could “explain two ways countries can deal with shared problems.”

The results show the needle stuck on mediocre.

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Osama Bin Laden: Das falsche Mitgefühl des Jakob Augstein – Nachrichten Kultur – WELT ONLINE

Das falsche Mitgefühl des Jakob Augstein

Der Publizist Jakob Augstein hält den Tod des Terrorpaten für eine unmenschliche Hinrichtung. So hätte auch Ribbentrop in Nürnberg argumentieren können.

Jedes Mal, wenn ich eine Kolumne von Jakob Augstein lese, frage ich mich: Wie kann ein so kluger, gebildeter und sympathischer Mensch so einen Unsinn schreiben? Liegt es an der Berliner Luft, die ihm zu schaffen macht? An den großen Fußstapfen, in denen er wandelt? Oder will er nur seinen Lesern entgegenkommen, die er aus der Restekiste der DDR übernommen hat?

Was immer es sein mag, jetzt hat Jakob Augstein sich selbst überholt.

zum vollständigen Artikel geht es hier:  Osama Bin Laden: Das falsche Mitgefühl des Jakob Augstein – Nachrichten Kultur – WELT ONLINE.

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The Limits of School Reform – NYTimes.com

Going back to the famous Coleman report in the 1960s, social scientists have contended — and unquestionably proved — that students’ socioeconomic backgrounds vastly outweigh what goes on in the school as factors in determining how much they learn. Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute lists dozens of reasons why this is so, from the more frequent illness and stress poor students suffer, to the fact that they don’t hear the large vocabularies that middle-class children hear at home.

Yet the reformers act as if a student’s home life is irrelevant. “There is no question that family engagement can matter,” said Klein when I spoke to him. “But they seem to be saying that poverty is destiny, so let’s go home. We don’t yet know how much education can overcome poverty,” he insisted — notwithstanding the voluminous studies that have been done on the subject. “To let us off the hook prematurely seems, to me, to play into the hands of the other side.”

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Twitterati

people who “twitter“, i.e. – according to Kathleen Parker in The Washington Post, Dec. 3, 2008, “express an abbreviated thought or observation in real time [via short text messages on a cell phone or similar device] to a live, self-selecting audience of brain voyeurs. People who who want to know your every cogitation and sign up for the privilege.

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