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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

New ideas for old institutions

New solutions for fighting hunger…
"In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not caused by scarcity of food but scarcity of democracy."  Frances Moore Lappe explores how Brazil's 4th largest city has recruited farmers to do something the US cities have yet to do: end hunger. 

New thoughts on the death of the print industry…
In These Time's Jeremy Gantz evaluates the coverage of the crisis in print journalism and highlights Clay Shirky's recent piece as "the best meditation on the death of newspapers."  Shirky argues: "When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution. They are demanding to be told that old systems won’t break before new systems are in place."

New ways to create a truly global classroom…
Racewire reports on recommendations to help make public schools more inclusive to immigrant students and parents.  "Emphasizing the role of parental involvement in fostering academic achievement, the report recommends that the public school system take proactive steps to engage immigrant parents and their children in the school experience. Some ideas: establish an “Immigrant Family Resource Center” in each borough…and simply hire more staff who represent the same communities and language groups that the student body does."
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