Compassion is an Exit Strategy

On November 11, 2011, I presented a talk at a local Ignite event entitled, Compassion is an Exit Strategy.1 While some of the data points are already out of date,2 the main point of the presentation remains: we need to consider more systemic responses to poverty rather than simply adding more social services. Would you …

Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas

The “Happy Holidays” vs. “Merry Christmas” debate now seems to be the staple controversy of retail department stores every December. An extremely important question lurks behind the debate: What do we mean when we call ourselves a “multicultural” society? The prevailing wisdom seems to be that multiculturalism means respect through non-specificity. In other words, in …

Cite the Source

Last March I heard the president of a non-profit organization declare that state planning for jail construction is based on the literacy drop-out rate of third grade students. The presenter’s point was that illiteracy and criminal activity are compellingly interrelated,1 but I was curious to learn how elementary literacy rates are actually calculated in prison …