“Baseball is our national pastime.” Calvin Coolidge was the president who put those words together. But the nation’s 30th president is hardly the Nation’s only chief executive to acclaim the game.
Baseball is woven deeply into the American identity, so much so that the sport plays a role in the life of even the Oval Office. Presidents have played baseball, cheered for baseball, and even saved baseball.
This week in Little Rock, Arkansas, the presidential centers of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson are hosting their second meeting of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. The initiative gives prospective leaders the chance to study presidential decisions, while they learn from key administration officials, practitioners, and leading academics about the elements of leadership.
As the population of Europe and parts of Asia grow older, and the growth rates in those parts of the world decline markedly, the United States is looking at a distinct advantage over the next several decades. By 2050, the median age of the U.S. population will be only 41 and our population will be expanding, not declining.
As part of the yearlong Women’s Initiative Fellowship, each fellow is paired with a prominent American woman in a similar field to serve as her mentor and provide guidance and support. During the U.S. portion of the program, fellows spend time with their mentors to develop personal action plans and establish goals for the year.
There’s a fascinating piece in The Guardian this week focused on a new UN report about how North Korea finances its activities through smuggling and crime. The report finds that North Korean officials, under the cover of diplomatic immunity, have been used to sell counterfeit goods and trade illegally with international partners.
A few members of the Middle School Matters (MSM) team recently visited Lee Middle School in San Angelo, Texas for two school days. Our purpose was to observe the changes that have taken place during the last few months.
The trip was a reminder of how research-based recommendations can be turned into effective real-life practice. That is, when a school has a strong leader plus teachers ready to learn and willing to try and refine new strategies.
Dr. Steve Graham, the Warner Professor in the Division of Leadership and Innovation in Teachers College at Arizona State University, explains in this essay why writing makes middle school students better learners
Last evening, the Bush Center hosted former Democratic Rep. Martin Frost of Dallas and former GOP Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia to discuss their book, The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis. As the title suggests, the pair spoke about the breakdown in Washington. They also suggested ways to increase the chances for bipartisan solutions. The Dallas Morning News’ Rudolph Bush moderated the evening, which is part of the ENGAGE at the Bush Center program.